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Four Indian Soldiers, Three Militants Killed In Kashmir Clashes

Four Indian army soldiers and three militants were killed in separate clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said October 5.

Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said the soldiers died when militants ambushed troops during a search operation in Hafruda forest near the highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Gillani said the militants escaped after attacking the soldiers.

He said three suspected militants were also killed in two separate encounters with government troops.

One of the suspected militants was killed in the Lolab area west of Srinagar, and the two others died in a clash with troops in the Tral region late October 4, he said.

Rebels have fought against Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir since 1989. More than 68,000 people have died in the uprising and subsequent Indian military crackdown.

Recently, the armed rebellion has largely been suppressed, and most public resistance is now expressed in street protests.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa