Authorities in Indian Kashmir say government troops have shot dead at least four suspected Islamic militants during a raid on their hide-out.
The authorities say that, acting on a tip, the army and police arrived in a village in Pulwama district early Wednesday and raided the home where the suspects were hiding. They say the militants opened fire, triggering a two-hour shootout.
Muslim separatists in Indian Kashmir are fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. India and Pakistan have held two rounds of talks on Kashmir since January 2004.
The nuclear-armed rivals have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region, where a revolt against Indian rule has killed tens of thousands of people since it erupted in 1989.