6 killed in Kashmir:
A young man was killed and more than a dozen other people were injured on Saturday when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in Indiancontrolled Kashmir after soldiers killed five rebels in fighting, police and residents said.
Indian troops laid a siege around a southern village in Qazigund area overnight on a tip that militants were hiding there, police said. A fierce gunbattle erupted early Saturday, and hours later, five local Kashmiri rebels were killed.
Residents said troops blasted at least one residential house with explosives.
The slain rebels belonged to the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, police said.
The fighting sparked anti-India protests and clashes as hundreds of residents chanting pro-rebel slogans and seeking end of the Indian rule over the disputed region tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with the militants. (AP)