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Three militants, an army soldier killed in Kashmir

india Updated: Jul 05, 2009 11:45 IST

Three suspected Muslim militants and an army soldier were killed in two separate gun battles in revolt-hit Kashmir, police said Sunday.

The overnight gunbattles took place during "cordon and search" operations launched by the army and backed by counter-insurgency police in the districts of Kupwara and Rajouri, both bordering Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.

"Arms like AK assault rifles and pistols were recovered on the dead militants," a police statement said in summer capital Srinagar.

Clashes with militants waned after India and Pakistan began peace talks in 2004 but unrest has escalated in recent months, according to the Indian army.

Pakistan denies Indian charges that it arms and funds militants waging an insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir. The revolt, which erupted in 1989, has claimed tens of thousands of lives.