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Indian forces fire on Kashmiri protesters; 1 killed and 4 wounded

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say one person was killed and four others were wounded when government forces fired their weapons to disperse demonstrators protesting the death of a suspected rebel in an earlier gunbattle.

A police officer said local residents clashed with troops and tried to burn an armored vehicle on Monday in Sopore, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir's main city. The protest occurred soon after an 18-hour gunbattle between militants and Indian troops in which the suspected rebel was killed.

The police officer spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

Nearly a dozen rebel groups have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. More than 68,000 people have died in the conflict.