Suspected rebels fired at police officers at two places in the main city of the Indian portion of Kashmir on Monday, killing two and wounding one, police said.

In the first shooting, at least two militants on motorbike fired at close range on two policemen in the downtown Zadibal area of Srinagar. Both of the policemen died on the spot, said police officer Nazir Ahmed.

Indian security forces were searching the area for the assailants, who fled after the attack.

Police said another policeman was critically wounded after suspected militants fired at him in Srinagar's Tengpora area in the second attack of the day.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among the mostly Muslim population of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan. Rebel groups in India's portion of the Himalayan region have been fighting since 1989 for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

More than 68,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in the armed uprising and subsequent Indian crackdown.