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Kashmir, India: Clashes breakout between civilians and forces after troops kill 3 ‘suspected militants’ in gun battle

Protests broke out in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir after three suspected armed attackers were killed in gun battle with Indian troops in Pulwama district.

The gunfight erupted of soldiers launched an operation based on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Kakpora village in southern Pulwama district, Inspector General Vijay Kumar said on Friday.

Kumar claimed two of the three slain men had been involved in fatally shooting a policeman guarding the home of a local politician from India’s governing party in the region’s main city of Srinagar on Thursday.

He said troops recovered two rifles and a pistol from the site of Friday’s clash, and that one of the recovered weapons had been taken by the rebels from the slain policeman.

Residents said troops used explosives to blast a civilian house during the fighting.

Kashmir is claimed in full by India and Pakistan and both rule parts of it. The region continues to be at the heart of two of the three wars fought by India and Pakistan since independence in 1947.

India’s portion has been plagued by separatist violence since the late 1980s resulting in the death of thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces.