Fresh violence hits Kashmir, rebels kill four Indian soldiers

In a fresh outbreak of violence in the disputed region of Kashmir, suspected rebels ambushed an Indian army vehicle on Monday, leaving four soldiers dead and six injured.

The attack occurred in the Kathua district, south Kashmir, while the military was conducting a routine patrol. No insurgent group has yet claimed responsibility.

According to a police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to apprehend the attackers. 

This incident follows two separate gunbattles on Sunday in Kulgam district that resulted in the deaths of two Indian soldiers and six suspected militants. 

Additionally, an attack on an army camp in Rajouri district earlier on Sunday injured a soldier.

The escalation of violence highlights the ongoing tensions in Kashmir. Claimed by both India and Pakistan, the Himalayan region has been a flashpoint for decades, leading to three wars between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

India accuses Pakistan of supporting Kashmiri rebels fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan, a claim Islamabad denies. 

This decades-long conflict has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, rebels, and government forces.

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