SRINAGAR: Three suspected militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.
The fighting erupted after government forces cordoned off and raided some homes in southern Aglar village following a tip that militants were hiding there, police said.
An army soldier was killed in the initial round of fighting, they said.
As the fighting raged, hundreds of residents demonstrated in solidarity with the rebels and clashed with government forces to try to help the militants escape.
At least two civilians were injured in the clashes between rock-throwing protesters and troops, who fired bullets and tear gas to quell the anti-India protest. —AP