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Five dead in 24-hour gunbattle in Indian Kashmir

Indian military personnel take up positions near a building taken over by suspected militants during clashes in the Sempora area of Pampore, some 15 kms south of Srinagar, on February 20, 2016A second soldier was killed Sunday in a continuing gunbattle between militants and troops and police in Indian Kashmir, taking the overall death toll in the day-long clashes to five. The attackers, thought to number three or four, ambushed a paramilitary convoy on the outskirts of the restive region’s main city of Srinagar on Saturday, killing two soldiers and wounding another 13, officials have said. The militants, who are fighting against Indian rule over the disputed Himalayan region, then fled to a nearby government building and forced more than 120 trainees and staff inside to leave.

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