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2 rebels, 1 Indian soldier killed in Kashmir fighting

  • Kashmiri Muslim protester, center, holds a Pakistani flag and jumps to avoid tear gas shell fired by Indian policemen during a protest after Friday prayers near the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, after authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces have prevented worshippers from offering Friday prayers at large mosques for the past 19 weeks amid the biggest protests against Indian rule in recent years, sparked by the killing in July of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslim protester, center, holds a Pakistani flag and jumps to avoid tear gas shell fired by Indian policemen during a protest after Friday prayers near the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, after authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces have prevented worshippers from offering Friday prayers at large mosques for the past 19 weeks amid the biggest protests against Indian rule in recent years, sparked by the killing in July of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri Muslims shout freedom slogans outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces took extra security measures as authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months at the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, in downtown Srinagar city. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslims shout freedom slogans outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces took extra security measures as authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months at the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, in downtown Srinagar city. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri Muslims shout freedom slogans inside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces took extra security measures as authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months at the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, in downtown Srinagar city. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslims shout freedom slogans inside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Government forces took extra security measures as authorities allowed Friday prayers for the first time in more than four months at the main mosque, Jamia Masjid, in downtown Srinagar city. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say two suspected rebels and an Indian army soldier have been killed in a gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Police said soldiers and counterinsurgency police on Friday raided Naidkhai village on a tip and engaged militants in the gunbattle.

Shortly after the battle, hundreds of villagers hit the streets to protest against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

The villagers were demanding the bodies of the militants for burial. The bodies were being kept in a local police station.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety. Most people in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.

A militant uprising and subsequent Indian military crackdown since 1989 have killed more than 68,000 people.