SRINAGAR, India – Police in disputed Kashmir say a young man was killed and two others wounded when government forces fired at anti-India protesters following a gunbattle that killed one militant.
Police say Indian troops cordoned off the southern Kokernag area Tuesday on a tip that rebels were hiding there.
They said troops gunned down one rebel but at least one escaped during the fighting.
As the fighting raged, anti-India protests erupted in Kokernag and some neighboring villages, leading to clashes between rock-throwing residents and government forces who fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas.
At least three were reported injured in the clashes and a young man who was hit by bullets died in a hospital.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the territory in its entirety.