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17 Indian Soldiers, Four Militants Killed In Kashmir Attack


FILE: Indian soldiers during a fire fight in Kashmir in February.

India's military says suspected rebels have attacked an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 17 soldiers.

Four militants were also killed in the gunbattle.

Police said an unspecified number of militants sneaked early on September 18 into the camp in the town of Uri, near the de factor border with Pakistan, and targeted the soldiers with guns and grenades.

The Himalayan region has seen its largest anti-India protests in recent years since the killing July 8 of a popular rebel commander by Indian troops.

More than 80 people have been killed in clashes between residents and security forces.

The Muslim-majority region is divided between India and Pakistan, but most people in the Indian portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters

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