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15-year-old boy, rebel killed during fighting in Kashmir

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) salute during their graduation ceremony in Humhama, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. A total of 126 recruits formally inducted into the BSF, will join Indian soldiers fighting separatist Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir to help end an insurgency that started in 1989. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) salute during their graduation ceremony in Humhama, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. A total of 126 recruits formally inducted into the BSF, will join Indian soldiers fighting separatist Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir to help end an insurgency that started in 1989. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a 15-year-old boy has been killed during anti-India protests in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that killed a suspected rebel.

Senior police officer S.P. Vaid said the gunbattle began Thursday after troops cordoned off southern Padgampora village on a tip that militants were hiding in a house.

Vaid said as the fighting raged, villagers tried to march to the area and attacked government forces with rocks to help the militants escape.

Villagers said the troops fired at the protesters, killing a 15-year-old boy and wounding three others. Vaid said the boy was killed by a stray bullet.

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