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Indian Troops in Kashmir Kill 11 Suspected Islamic Militants

  • VOA News

The Indian army says its forces have killed five Islamic militants in a gun battle, which erupted two days ago near the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

An army spokesman says the fighting broke out late Tuesday after a large group of Muslim rebels crossed the line to the Indian side in northern Gurez sector.

In a separate clash along the line, Indian troops killed two more infiltrators. And four rebels and one soldier were killed in three separate clashes north and south of Srinagar.

India accuses Pakistan of funding and arming Muslim rebels who have been fighting for Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. The insurgency has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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