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Eight killed in Indian Kashmir after gunbattle
by Staff Writers
Srinagar, India (AFP) Feb 12, 2017

3 soldiers killed in Pakistani Kashmir: military
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 13, 2017 - Three soldiers were killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Monday, the Pakistan military said, in the latest deadly incident along the heavily militarised de-facto border with India.

The soldiers were shot near the Bhimber sector on the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

"Three soldiers who were critically injured at the Line of Control in Thoob sector near Bhimber have been martyred," the military said in a statement, without providing further details.

The incident came a day after eight people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir following a gunbattle between suspected militants and the Indian army.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.

Tensions in the disputed region reached dangerous levels in September when India blamed Pakistani militants for a raid on an army base that killed 19 soldiers.

Since then there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.

Eight people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday after a gunbattle broke out between suspected rebels and the Indian army, officials said.

The alleged militants were hiding in a south Kashmir village when the military and police surrounded it and a firefight broke out.

"Four terrorists were killed and four weapons were recovered from the encounter site," army spokesman in Srinagar, Col Manish told AFP.

"Two soldiers were also martyred and three injured during the encounter."

Two civilians, including the son of the owner of the house in which the militants were hiding, also died, police told AFP.

Clashes occurred between government forces and protesters in the aftermath of the battle and at least 25 people were injured including 12 with bullet injuries, authorities said.

Three militants managed to escape, and a heavy police contingent has been deployed in the area "to maintain law and order", police added.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.

Several rebel groups have for decades fought tens of thousands of Indian troops deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

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