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Four Dead After Gunbattle In Indian Kashmir

FILE: Indian soldiers and medical workers shift the body of a slain soldier to a morgue in Kashmir.

Two Indian Air Force commandos and two suspected militants have been killed during a gunbattle in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army says.

The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants surrounded a neighborhood in the northern town of Hajin on October 10.

The deaths came two days after a leader of the banned militant group Jaish-e Mohammad, known as Khalid, was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Kashmir.

The Pakistani national was accused of organizing a series of suicide attacks across the Indian-administered region that Pakistan also claims.

The Himalayan territory has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both countries claim it in full.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and AP