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Kashmir attacks kill 3

From Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Militants looking for suspected informer kill two women, police say
  • In another incident, government employee gunned down inside his home, police say
  • Youth injured by government forces last week dies in hospital
  • 63 people have died in protests against Indian rule since June 11

Srinagar, India (CNN) -- Suspected militants struck at two places in southern Kashmir on Sunday night, killing two women and a government employee, police said Monday.

They said militants barged into a house in the remote forest village of Nangram, south of Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, looking for the owner, Mohammad Hussain Gorsi, who managed to escape.

'The four militants who entered the house fired indiscriminately at the inmates killing the wife and daughter of the house owner Gorsi," a police statement said.

The militants, who suspected Gorsi of being an informer for the Indian security forces, escaped, police said.

In another incident, a government employee was gunned down Sunday night after militants fired at him inside his house in Chakoora village in southern Kashmir, the statement said.

The killings came as more anti-India protests were held in Kashmir. A youth who was injured last week by gunfire from Indian security forces died of his injuries in the hospital Monday, bringing the death toll in the civilian unrest to 63.

The majority of those killed in the protests against Indian rule since June 11 have been teenagers and young adults.

Six persons were injured in Monday's clashes between the pro-independence protesters and Indian security forces, according to police.

Muslim-majority Kashmir has been a source of bitter dispute between India and Pakistan. The region is claimed by both, and each rules part of it.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been in the throes of separatist violence for the past 20 years, leaving -- according to the official count -- 43,000 people dead. However, many human rights groups and nongovernmental organizations say the figure is twice the official estimate.