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Ten Rebels Killed in Major Fighting in Kashmir

Ten Muslim guerrillas and an Indian soldier were killed in a gun battle in Kashmir on Thursday, an army spokesman said, the highest toll in a shootout in the disputed region in months. Kashmir remains prey to separatist violence despite peace moves by India and Pakistan over the Himalayan region, which has been the trigger for two of the three wars between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the past half-century. “The army, after a tip-off, launched an operation in the Kupwara forests and shot dead 10 terrorists. One soldier also lost his life in the firefight,” spokesman Colonel Dharam Adhikari told Reuters. He said the 11-hour gun battle took place in the Kandi area of Kupwara district, northwest of Srinagar. The identity of the militants was not yet known, he added. Full Story

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