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Gunbattles, anti-India protests in Kashmir mark deadly year

Gunbattles, anti-India protests in Kashmir mark deadly year

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police and residents say anti-India protests and clashes have erupted in disputed Kashmir after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed four rebels.

The fighting on Saturday comes as the region is already reeling under the deadliest bloodshed in a decade in which over 500 people have been killed.

Police say Indian troops laid a siege around a southern village in Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with the militants.

Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at the stone-throwing protesters. No injuries are reported.

India and Pakistan claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety.