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Held Kashmir gun battle kills five

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SRINAGAR: Two soldiers and three suspected rebels died in a gunbattle in restive Indian held Kashmir, police said on Saturday, soon after the killing of a poll official in India’s marathon general elections.
Violence has spiked in the disputed Himalayan region since the start of the staggered parliamentary polls earlier this month as rebels have sought to discourage locals from turning out at the ballot box, police say.
The latest violence erupted on Friday when security forces laid siege to Manloo village, 55 kilometres south of Srinagar, after rebels opened fire on them. “All the three rebels and two soldiers including an officer died in the operation,” a senior police officer told AFP, asking not to be identified. 

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