Police say three rebels have been killed in fighting with Indian government forces in disputed Kashmir, triggering anti-India clashes in the Himalayan region in which at least ten civilians were injured.
Police said on Sunday February 10th that fighting began on after Indian government forces cordoned off a village in the southern Kulgam area, following a tip that militants were hiding there. That led to an exchange of gunfire, reported AP.
The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with militants.
Indian government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters, who threw stones and snowballs at them.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989.