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Indian troops kill 10 infiltrators in fierce gunbattle

AFP , SRINAGAR, INDIA

Indian troops killed 10 suspected militants in Kashmir, including six cross-border guerrillas from the Pakistani zone of the divided Himalayan territory, police said on Saturday.

The six were gunned down after they sneaked into Indian Kashmir's northern Kupwara and southern Poonch districts on Friday night, a police spokesman said.

"Five of the infiltrators were shot dead early Saturday in the Shahpur area of Poonch district," said a police spokesman, referring to southern Poonch district, which borders Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

"The militants were killed during a fierce encounter that erupted as soon as they infiltrated our territory," he said, adding that a soldier was seriously wounded in the gunbattle.

Another infiltrator was shot dead by soldiers in northern Kupwara district on Friday night, the spokesman said.

The Indian army says more rebels are waiting to cross into the Indian zone of Kashmir from Pakistan as snow in the mountain passes has begun to melt.

Meanwhile, four militants were killed by Indian troops in three separate gun battles in southern Poonch, Anantnag and northern Baramulla districts.

Suspected rebels also Saturday hurled a grenade at pro-India politician Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh's house in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, injuring two women, including his wife, police said.

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