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Indian paramilitary says 4 rebels killed in Kashmir attack

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/06/2017

SRINAGAR, India — Indian soldiers killed four militants who attempted to storm a paramilitary camp in disputed Kashmir before dawn Monday, a paramilitary officer said.

The four militants fired from their automatic rifles and hurled grenades as they approached but soldiers at the sentry post intercepted them and engaged the militants in a firefight before they could enter the camp, Bhavesh Chaudhary said.

He said no soldier was injured in the attack in Sumbal, a northern town about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.

There was no independent confirmation of the incident and no rebel group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about the attack.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and both claim the territory in its entirety.

Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for the portion of Kashmir under Indian control to become independent or merged with neighboring Pakistan. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian forces in recent years. However, public opposition to Indian rule remains deep and is now principally expressed through street protests marked by youths hurling stones at government forces.

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