India Kashmir stand-off ends, four killed

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Image caption Indian news channels report that fighting is still continuing

A civilian and three armed militants have been killed in a fierce gun battle at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The three gunmen forced their way into the camp near the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

An army official said the attackers entered after cutting through a fence.

Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in its entirety. Militants have been fighting Indian rule since 1989.

The gunmen stormed the army base at Tangdhar, 140 kilometres (87 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar, firing automatic weapons.

The army's counter-offensive lasted for about six hours, agencies said.

"Three terrorists were killed in the exchange of stand-off fire that began in the morning hours. One soldier was wounded in the firefight," defence spokesman in Srinagar NN Joshi told the AFP news agency.

Last week, fighting in the same district saw an Indian colonel killed in a gun battle with militants, while two soldiers were seriously injured.

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