Police say rebels in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have ambushed a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers, killing at least two and injuring four others.

Police officer Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said the militants sprayed bullets at the Border Security Force convoy in southern Bijbehara town on Friday.

The rebels, who are fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, often attack Indian targets in the region.

Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India but is claimed by both. The countries have fought two wars over the disputed territory since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the subsequent Indian military crackdown.