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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Two militants were killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops and police in Kashmir, police sources have said.

Three members of the army and two police also died in Monday's firefight.

The gunbattle followed an attack the night before on a top Indian Administrative Services official, K.D. Billai.

In Sunday night's attack, Billai, his bodyguard and driver were wounded, police said, with the militants escaping into a forested area. The gunbattle took place as police and government troops worked to root out the militants.

A cease-fire between India and Pakistan took effect along the Line of Control (LOC) last week, in a bid to end the two countries' decades-long dispute over Kashmir.

Indian and Pakistani forces routinely trade fire across the U.N.-drawn LOC that separates Pakistan-controlled Kashmir from Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have gone to war three times since they were carved out of British colonial India in 1947, twice over Kashmir, which they both claim, where tens of thousands have died in a 14-year Muslim insurgency.

India has so far refused to resume peace talks, saying Pakistan must end support for Muslim militants fighting its rule in Kashmir.

Islamabad denies that charge and accuses New Delhi of rights abuses in the disputed region.


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