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Troops killed in Kashmir violence

Indian soldiers in Kashmir
Hundreds of thousands of troops are based in Kashmir

Suspected militants have killed two Indian paramilitary soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

The Central Reserve Police Force soldiers were shot at close range in a busy market near the historic Lal Chowk area in the summer capital, Srinagar.

In a separate incident, militants threw a grenade in the city's Batmaloo area, injuring several people.

This is the fourth attack targeting security forces in the Kashmir valley in the past month.

The BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says these incidents assume significance as they indicate a regrouping of militants in the city.

Otherwise, overall violence has sharply declined in the state in the past couple of years, our correspondent adds.

Indian authorities put the number of militants in the state at up to 800.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for more than 50 years and the scene of two of their three wars.

Muslim separatists have waged an insurgency since 1989.



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