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Indian troops kill top rebel commander in Kashmir gun battle | Al Jazeera

Indian troops kill top rebel commander in Kashmir gun battle

A top rebel commander was killed by Indian government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir’s main city, authorities have said, triggering anti-India protests in the disputed region.

The dead commander, Saifullah Mir, was the chief of operations of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which for decades has spearheaded an armed campaign against Indian rule.

Kashmir Inspector-General of Police Vijay Kumar said security forces launched an operation of Sunday, acting on intelligence about the presence of Mir in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the regional capital, Srinagar.

He said a gun battle ensued in which the commander was killed and his suspected associate was captured.

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