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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Four suspected rebels were killed in fighting with the Indian army in Kashmir, as businesses and schools shut in the disputed region on Monday in response to a separatists' call to protest the killing of eight civilians by government forces during a weekend by-election, officials said.
Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said a gunbattle erupted Sunday night after the four militants crossed from Pakistani side of the Himalayan territory into the Indian-held portion of Kashmir in Keran sector.
Confirmation - Incident
There was no independent confirmation of the incident.
Meanwhile, a strike called by separatists who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir paralyzed life in the Kashmir Valley on Monday.
Protests - Clashes - Sunday - By-election - Seat
Widespread protests and clashes on Sunday marred a by-election for a vacant seat in India's Parliament as thousands of people attacked polling stations.
Government forces fired on rock-throwing protesters, killing eight people and wounding at least 100. Officials said about 100 police and paramilitary soldiers were also injured in the clashes.
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