SRINAGAR, India – Police say a teenage boy has been killed during anti-India protests in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that killed three rebels.
Top police officer S.P. Vaid says Indian troops cordoned off a village near southern Tral town on a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian home.
Vaid says the militants tried to escape from the security cordon but soldiers gunned down them.
As the fighting raged, anti-India protests erupted in Tral, leading to clashes between rock-throwing residents and government forces who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas.
Many have been reported injured in the clashes while a teenage boy who was hit by pellets died in a hospital.
Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.