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Three Indian soldiers killed in fight with militants in held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Three Indian soldiers including an officer were killed in an attack on a military camp in restive territory of Kashmir, while the Army claimed to gun down two suspected rebels who stormed the camp in Kupwara district close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of Thursday, ARY News reported  

The stand-off between the militants and Indian troops continued for over four hours.

Army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the militants on Thursday used guns and grenades to target soldiers northwest of Kashmir. However, there was no independent confirmation of the incident and no rebel group has claimed responsibility of the incident.

Separately, Indian security forces arrested key separatist leader Asia Andrabi for inciting women against Indian security forces. The arrest sparked protests and rallies in the valley demanding her immediate release.

Clashes take place frequently in Indian-held Kashmir between rebel groups and the roughly 500,000 Indian troops deployed in the region since 1989. More than 90 civilians have been killed and thousands more injured in recent spate of clashes between protesters and Indian government forces which erupted after killing of Burhan Wani, a pro-independence fighter, by the Indian army troops.

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