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Two die in Kashmir shootout

Four Indian security force troops were injured in the latest action.
Four Indian security force troops were injured in the latest action.

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Indian border security forces have killed two suspected militants in a pre-dawn raid on a Srinagar shopping center, a day after the suspects attacked a politician's home.

Four Indian forces were wounded in the raid, a security forces spokesman said.

The two suspects had barricaded themselves inside the shopping center Friday, after attacking the nearby home of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, a top Kashmiri politician.

Sayeed was not at his home during the attack, although some of his family members were believed to be inside the residence, according to police sources.

Before the Indian forces arrived to control the situation, the suspected militants lobbed at least four grenades at the house, and fired automatic weapons from across the street, according to India's paramilitary border security force.

Indian officials responded by sending hundreds of border security forces, however the heavy firing hampered some of the troops' deployment.

Two Indian paramilitary forces were killed in a shoot-out with the militants, according to police.

Eleven security personnel were wounded, and two photojournalists on the scene were injured by shrapnel.

The gunbattle continued at the shopping center, police said, where they rescued seven students from a computer educational institute on the top floor.

Indian officials said the suspected militants were part of a front organization for Lakshar-e-Taiba, a banned separatist group operating in the Indian part of Kashmir. New Delhi says the group is funded by Pakistan, a charge that Islamabad denies.

It is not clear why the attackers targeted the chief minister's home, who was elected to the state's highest post last November.

India blames separatist militants for a surge in attacks against Indian rule in Kashmir over the past few months.

-- Journalist Mukhtar Ahmed in Srinagar and CNN's Ram Ramgopal in New Delhi contributed to this report.


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