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Two militants killed in Indian Kashmir
Oct 16, 2010, 13:12 GMT
Srinagar, Kashmir - At least two separatist Muslim militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Saturday, police said.
The clash took place in the Rajouri district, located 200 kilometres north-west of the state's summer capital Jammu.
'The rebels were killed in the gunbattle which began after the troopers spotted a group of militants in a forested region,' a local police officer said requesting anonymity.
He said the dead militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the biggest militant group operating in the insurgency-hit Himalayan region.
The police said search operations were underway as more militants were believed to be hiding in the area.
India accuses Pakistan of training militants and helping Kashmiri rebels to foment trouble in India-administered Kashmir, a charge Islamabad denies.
The two countries have fought two wars over the disputed Kashmir region. More than 45,000 people have died in the secessionist strife in India-administered Kashmir since the late 1980s.
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