Clashes Erupt after 2 militants killed

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SRINIGAR, India: Hundreds of protesters clashed with police Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir after two suspected died in a gunfight, police and the army said.

Soldiers cordoned off Newa village, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of of Srinagar in the morning, triggering a gun battle with the two militants.

Hundreds of villagers poured onto the streets pelting government forces with stones in a bid to help the militants escape, a police officer said.

“We had firm intelligence about presence of the militants in the area. Both were killed in the encounter,” Colonel N. N. Joshi, an army spokesman, said.

Two police were injured in the clashes as they fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, the officer said.

 

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