Kashmir: Fierce gunbattle kills 3 soldiers, 1 rebel

Three Indian soldiers and a suspected Islamic rebel died in a fierce gunbattle between government forces and militants in India's portion of Kashmir, police said Wednesday. The firefight started late Tuesday when suspected rebels hurled grenades and opened heavy gunfire on an army patrol in Pattan, a town just north of Srinagar, Jammu-Kashmir state's main city, said police Inspector General S.M. Sahai. On soldier was killed in the exchange of fire late Tuesday, and another soldier and a suspected rebel died Wednesday, Sahai said, adding that the battle continued to rage Wednesday evening. Additional troops were deployed to cordon off the area, he said.