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4 suspected rebels, 2 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

  • Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Mudasir Ahmed, one among four suspected rebels killed, during his funeral procession in Hawoormisshipora village, 66 Kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Mudasir Ahmed, one among four suspected rebels killed, during his funeral procession in Hawoormisshipora village, 66 Kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Father, center, wails near his body of Mudasir Ahmed, one among four suspected rebels killed, at his residence in Redwani, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Father, center, wails near his body of Mudasir Ahmed, one among four suspected rebels killed, at his residence in Redwani, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri villagers stand on the debris of a house after a gunbattle between government forces and suspected rebels at Faisal village, 57 kilometers (36 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri villagers stand on the debris of a house after a gunbattle between government forces and suspected rebels at Faisal village, 57 kilometers (36 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say four suspected rebels and two Indian army soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Police Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani says fighting began early Saturday after police and soldiers cordoned off southern Frisal village following a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian house.

The Indian army said three soldiers were also injured in the fighting.

Kashmir is divided between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. Both counties claim the disputed territory in its entirety.

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