Indian defence personnel gather near the scene of a gunfight with suspected rebels on the outskirts of Srinagar. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA
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A top rebel leader was killed Thursday in a gunbattle with Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said.Abu Qasim was a Pakistani national and operations chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, which India blames for several attacks across the country, including one in 2008 in Mumbai that killed 166 people, said police Director-General said K. Rajendra Kumar.Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani, another top police officer, said police and army soldiers launched an operation Wednesday night in Kulgam, 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, after a tip that Qasim was in the area.
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