SRINAGAR, India Oct 7 Indian troops on
Wednesday shot dead seven rebels, many of them members of the
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, in fierce
gun battles across Kashmir, police said.
The biggest battle took place in Kupwara near the Line of
Control, a military line that divides Kashmir between India and
Pakistan, which claim the region in full but rule in part.
"Four LeT militants were killed in the encounter in
Kupwara," a police spokesman said, adding that three militants
were killed in separate shootouts elsewhere.
New Delhi says the LeT was behind the Mumbai attacks last
November in which at least 166 were killed.
Kashmir remains at the core of a six-decade-long conflict
between India and Pakistan.
After months of relative calm, there has been a rise
recently in separatist violence across Kashmir, where officials
say tens of thousands have been killed since a revolt against
Indian rule broke out in 1989.
Security officials say Pakistan-based militant groups have
stepped up efforts to push into Indian Kashmir before winter
snow blocks the Himalayan mountain passes.
(Reporting by Sheikh Mushtaq; Editing by Rina Chandran)