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Three dead in Kashmir fighting

Kashmiri Muslim protesters have clashed with Indian government forces in Srinagar. (AAP)

Three people have died in armed clashes between militants and government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir's largest city.

Anti-India protests and clashes have erupted in the main city of disputed Kashmir shortly after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two suspected rebels and a counter-insurgency police official.

The gunbattle began early on Wednesday after troops cordoned off a neighbourhood in Srinagar on a tip that some rebels were present in a civilian home, police said.

The exchange of gunfire lasted for about half an hour, police said, leaving two militants and a police official dead.

At least three soldiers were also injured in the fighting.

Residents said they also heard loud explosions during the fighting and accused the troops of blasting at least two houses with explosives during the fighting.

As the news of the fighting spread, anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several places in downtown Srinagar. Demonstrators tried to reach the site of the stand-off and threw stones at police and paramilitary soldiers in solidarity with rebels.

Government forces fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to stop the protesters. There were no reports of injuries.

Authorities limited communications, including internet on mobile phones, as is routine during such fighting to make organising anti-India protests difficult. They also ordered schools shut in anticipation of student protests.

At least a dozen journalists covering the fighting were beaten by counterinsurgency policemen well after the fighting ended, journalists said.

A senior police officer, said authorities would investigate the incident.

Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

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