Four Indian troops killed in fresh Kashmir clashes


Four soldiers and three militants have died following exchange of gunfire between Indian troops and Kashmir rebels after a car bomb attack in the disputed Himalayan region over the past 48 hours.

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia revealed in a statement that a soldier and two suspected rebels were killed in the latest shootout in the Anantnag area of India-administered Kashmir.

Another two soldiers were killed and many more wounded when a car bomb hit an Indian military truck late Monday in Pulwama district, the statement added.

According to Kalia, hours before the car bombing, a clash between suspected fighters and Indian forces left one soldier and one militant dead.

In recent years, southern Kashmir has seen intense fighting between Indian forces and armed Kashmiri fighters, who are demanding independence for the Himalayan region.

Over 100 have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir this year in clashes with soldiers.

The Indian government accuses Pakistan of supporting the rebels, while Islamabad says it provides only moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris demanding self-determination.

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