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Six rebels, one soldier die in clashes in Indian Kashmir

Six suspected rebels and a soldier have died in two separate gun battles in Indian Kashmir as violence flared in the restive region

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Six suspected rebels and a soldier have died in two separate gun battles in Indian Kashmir as violence flared in the restive region this week, police and the army said Friday.

Soldiers on Thursday morning intercepted a group of militants trying to cross the heavily militarised border that divides the region between India and Pakistan known as the Line of Control (LoC).

An intense two-day firefight ensued in which four suspected militants died, while a soldier also perished, army spokesman N.N Joshi said.

“Four terrorists were killed during the operation, three on Thursday and one today (Friday). One soldier was also martyred,” Joshi told AFP.

A separate clash Friday saw two suspected militants killed in Kanchipora near the tourist resort of Gulmarg, police said.

Government forces cordoned off the village following information that militants were hiding inside a house, triggering a fierce gun battle, police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain told AFP.

Two security personnel were injured during the firefight another police officer told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.