Suspected Muslim rebels in Indian Kashmir have killed three policemen south of Srinagar on the eve of Islam's festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Police say they have sealed the area and launched a manhunt for the attackers.

The policemen were guarding a Hindu village known as Nadimarg which was the scene of a massacre last year. Suspected militants clad in army uniforms killed 24 Hindus, known as Kashmiri Pandits, there in March 2003.

Saturday's attack on the post shattered a usually peaceful preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival.

Thousands of people gathered at Kashmir's main mosque in Srinagar Sunday to pray for peace.

The festival is being marked Sunday in the Himalayan region of Kashmir while Muslims elsewhere in India will celebrate the festival Monday.

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