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3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack

  • Relatives comfort daughter of Taja begum, a 60-year-old woman who was killed in shootout at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to them, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Relatives comfort daughter of Taja begum, a 60-year-old woman who was killed in shootout at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to them, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Unidentified relatives of Taja begum, a 60-year-old woman who was killed in shootout grieve at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to police, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Unidentified relatives of Taja begum, a 60-year-old woman who was killed in shootout grieve at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to police, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri women shout anti Indian and pro-freedom slogans during a protest after a 60-year-old woman was killed in shootout at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to police, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Kashmiri women shout anti Indian and pro-freedom slogans during a protest after a 60-year-old woman was killed in shootout at her residence in Moul village, 62 kilometers (39 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Feb.23, 2017. Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday. According to police, the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed after rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said on Thursday.

Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said the militants tossed grenades and sprayed bullets at soldiers after they were returning from a search operation in the southern Shopian area early Thursday.

Gillani said the attack triggered a brief exchange of gunfire and a stray bullet hit the 60-year-old woman while she was sleeping in her home.

Three soldiers, including two officers, were also injured in the attack.

India and Pakistan each administer a portion of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Most people in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. Since then, more than 68,000 people have been killed in the armed uprising and ensuing Indian military crackdown.