Indian troopers have killed three pro-independence fighters in a gun battle near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India.
An Indian army official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the three men were fatally shot in the Keran area of Kupwara district, situated about 175 kilometers (108 miles) northwest of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, on Wednesday morning.
The official added that Indian forces recovered several assault rifles and other munitions from the slain fighters.
On September 2, three fighters were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of Kashmir.
Islamabad and New Delhi have fought two wars over Kashmir since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Both countries claim the region in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.
India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the de facto border in 2003 and launched talks a year later to broker a regional peace. However, the process was suspended after over 160 people lost their lives in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.