SRINAGAR, India

Officials say government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir have killed a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida in the disputed region.

Police say Zakir Musa was killed in a gunfight Thursday evening after police and soldiers launched a counterinsurgency operation in the southern Tral area.

In mid-2017, an al-Qaida-linked propaganda network said Musa joined an affiliate militant group, Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind, as its head. He had left Kashmir’s largest indigenous rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, and was believed to be joined by less than a dozen others.

Previously, no global jihadi groups have openly operated in Kashmir, a territory divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both entirely.

Separatist leaders, who challenge India’s sovereignty over Kashmir, have repeatedly rejected the presence of outside groups, including al-Qaida.

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Police and residents say a Muslim man has been shot and killed and another injured by Hindu vigilantes in Indian-controlled Kashmir over allegations of smuggling cows.

Police say a group of Hindu men intercepted the two Muslims in the outskirts of southeastern Bhaderwah town before dawn Thursday and shot at them after an altercation. A 50-year-old man died while another man was injured.

Residents say the attack was carried out by so-called cow vigilantes. Authorities imposed a curfew in Bhaderwah after violent protests erupted over the shooting.

Hindus consider cows sacred, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of India.

Attacks on minority groups, especially Muslims, have been on the rise in India since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014.

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Police and residents say a Muslim man has been shot and killed and another injured by Hindu vigilantes in Indian-controlled Kashmir over allegations of smuggling cows.

Police say a group of Hindu men intercepted the two Muslims in the outskirts of southeastern Bhaderwah town before dawn Thursday and shot at them after an altercation. A 50-year-old man died while another man was injured.

Residents say the attack was carried out by so-called cow vigilantes. Authorities imposed a curfew in Bhaderwah after violent protests erupted over the shooting.

Hindus consider cows sacred, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of India.

Attacks on minority groups, especially Muslims, have been on the rise in India since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014.

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Officials say three rebels, an army soldier and a civilian have been killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir that triggered anti-India protests and clashes.

Police say a gunbattle broke out in a neighborhood in southern Pulwama town early Thursday as police and soldiers scoured the area for militants.

Two soldiers and the slain civilian’s brother were also injured in the fighting.

The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with rebels despite security lockdown in the area.

Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters who threw stones at them.

India and Pakistan each claim the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989.

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Officials say three rebels, an army soldier and a civilian have been killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir that triggered anti-India protests and clashes.

Police say a gunbattle broke out in a neighborhood in southern Pulwama town early Thursday as police and soldiers scoured the area for militants.

Two soldiers and the slain civilian’s brother were also injured in the fighting.

The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with rebels despite security lockdown in the area.

Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters who threw stones at them.

India and Pakistan each claim the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989.

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir to protest the alleged rape of a 3-year-old girl by a young neighbor who lured her to a school bathroom.

Top local administrator Baseer Khan says police arrested the neighbor from a village in the Sumbal area and a fast-track inquiry is underway.

Khan said Monday that the girl was hospitalized in critical condition on May 8 but her condition has stabilized.

Protests erupted Sunday and spread to new towns and villages Monday after the suspect’s family produced a birth certificate by his school giving his age as 13. The protesters claimed it was a fake birth certificate produced by the family to show him as a juvenile and save him from a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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Shortly before India’s elections began in April, New Delhi banned civilian traffic on the only major highway connecting the heart of disputed Kashmir with the rest of the country.

The government cited unspecified security threats for the twice weekly ban, but the move is indicative of the approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken to the disputed Himalayan region since taking power in 2014.

Gone are the carrot-and-stick methods of previous governments that saw at least attempting to win hearts and minds in the Muslim-majority region. Modi’s government instead has given the military carte-blanche to counter resistance to Indian rule.

While unpopular in Kashmir, the campaign has resonated in much of the country, where few issues reach as broad a consensus as that Kashmir must remain a part of India.

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Voting has begun in the second phase of India’s general elections amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The city of Srinagar is one of 97 constituencies across 13 Indian states where voting was scheduled Thursday.

The election is taking place in seven phases over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.

Some 900 million people are registered to vote for candidates to fill 543 seats in India’s lower house of Parliament.

Voting concludes on May 19 and counting is scheduled for May 23.

The election, the world’s largest democratic exercise, is seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party.

Modi has used Kashmir as one of the top issues of his campaign.

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Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have begun enforcing a government ban on the movement of civilian vehicles for two days a week on a key highway to keep it open exclusively for military and paramilitary convoys.

Indian soldiers patrolled the highway and erected barricades by steel and razor wire at intersections with neighborhood roads in disputed Kashmir to stop any civilian vehicular movement on Sunday.

India’s government issued the order on Wednesday reserving the 270-kilometer (170-mile) stretch of the highway for the exclusive movement of government forces convoys on Sundays and Wednesdays until the end of May.

The order follows a recent suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy that killed 40 soldiers and brought rivals India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

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Indian security forces say they have killed five militants and one civilian in gunbattles in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.

Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia says security forces have found the bodies of two insurgents and a 12-year-old boy after an exchange of gunfire that started in northern Bandipora district Thursday.

Two insurgents were killed in western Baramulla district and another in southern Shopian area separately during cordon and search operations by security forces, Kalia and police said Friday.

A grenade attack by insurgents wounded three police officers in Sopore area Thursday, police said.

Insurgents have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with neighboring Pakistan since 1989. India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the region in its entirety.

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