Army says 6 rebels killed in gunbattle in Indian Kashmir

Security forces killed six suspected Islamic militants in a gun battle Saturday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the army said. Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Anil Kumar Mathur said the clash began after troops and police sealed off a forested area near Lurgam following a tip that militants were hiding there. Lurgam is 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state. Mathur said the rebels belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which authorities blame for a number of bombings and attacks, including an assault on India's Parliament in 2001. With the area still sealed off, there was no independent confirmation of the incident and no immediate comment from the rebel group.