9 Killed in Kashmir Fighting

From the Associated Press

Nine people were killed in clashes between the Indian military and suspected Islamic separatists in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, the army said today.

A large force from the Indian army cordoned off the village of Gambru, 40 miles north of Srinagar, late Sunday after receiving a tip that several militants had gathered there, army spokesman Col. Heman Juneja said.

As they approached two houses, the troops came under fire, starting a gun battle that ended at dawn today. One soldier and one suspected militant were killed, Juneja said.

Separately, Indian forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a clash in the Jammu portion of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police said today.

In another incident, Indian troops identified a group of suspected militants crossing the Line of Control, the de facto border between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, late Sunday.

In the ensuing fight, four of the infiltrators were killed, Juneja said. The incident occurred in the Gulmarg area, about 50 miles north of Srinagar. There were no army casualties.

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