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Indian army kills 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back towards their camp after a day long curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back towards their camp after a day long curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers guard during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers guard during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri protester runs for cover as a tear gas shell explodes near him in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    A Kashmiri protester runs for cover as a tear gas shell explodes near him in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

The Indian army says its soldiers have killed three suspected rebels near the heavily militarized line of control that divides disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Army spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi says the soldiers engaged the militants after tracking them in Tangdhar sector on Sunday.

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.

Meanwhile, a security lockdown and protest strikes continued for the 44th straight day Sunday, with tens of thousands of Indian armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolling the tense region. The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years.