Published — Tuesday 18 December 2012
Last update 18 December 2012 6:31 pm
SRINAGAR, India: Police say four suspected rebels have been killed in a gunfight in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
Superintendent Imtiyaz Hussain said Tuesday that Kashmir police and army soldiers launched a joint operation after receiving a tip that several rebels were hiding in a house the west Kashmir town of Sopore.
He says that at least four rebels were killed in the daylong gunfight that began early Tuesday.
There has been no independent confirmation of the incident.
Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. More than 68,000 people have died in the uprising and Indian military crackdown.
India accuses Pakistan of funding and training the militants. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it gives only moral and diplomatic support to the rebels.