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Police: Gunbattle in Kashmir ends; 2 suspected rebels killed

Indian soldiers block a road near the site of a gun battle at Arwani, 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Dozens of civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir were injured on Thursday as anti-India clashes erupted in the disputed region following a gun battle between rebels and government forces, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian soldiers block a road near the site of a gun battle at Arwani, 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Dozens of civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir were injured on Thursday as anti-India clashes erupted in the disputed region following a gun battle between rebels and government forces, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a 42-hour gunbattle has ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir and two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests in the disputed region.

Police said soldiers on Friday recovered the bodies of the two suspected militants from the debris of a destroyed house in southern Arwani village.

On Thursday, a young man was killed and dozens of others were injured when government forces fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse rock-throwing protesters who tried to help the trapped rebels escape.

Police and soldiers had cordoned off Arwani on Tuesday evening, triggering a gunbattle with trapped militants in the village.

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