SRINAGAR, India – Officials say at least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.
Police say the gunbattles in southern Kashmir began after government forces raided two villages in Shopian and Anantnag districts following a tip that rebels were hiding there and came under fire. The fighting is still raging in Shopian area on Sunday.
The news of the killings led to intense anti-Indian protests and clashes in several parts of the southern Kashmir.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.