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Three Pakistani Militants Killed in Indian Kashmir

Authorities in Indian Kashmir say government troops have shot dead three suspected members of an outlawed Pakistani militant group.

An army spokesman Hemant Joneja says the fighting erupted late Saturday north of Srinagar, and that three Pakistani nationals belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in the operation.

The group is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. It has been blamed for several anti-India attacks, including a December 2001 assault on India's parliament which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

Indian officials also believe the group played a role in the July train bombings which killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay).

Kashmir is in the grip of a 17-year-long insurgency that has claimed more than 45,000 lives. A number of rebel groups are fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.