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Anti-India protesters clash with police in Kashmir

Updated Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:43 p.m.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A witness says police fired bullets and tear gas as hundreds of angry villagers tried to storm a police station in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The violence Tuesday comes one day after government forces killed seven suspected rebels in the disputed region.

The witness, Muneer Ahmed, said by phone that the crowd was demanding that authorities identify the suspected rebels and hand over their bodies for burial.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and both the countries claim the region in its entirety.

Since 1989, an armed uprising and a subsequent crackdown by Indian forces have killed an estimated 68,000 people. Although the armed rebellion is largely suppressed, resentment against Indian rule runs deep and is mainly expressed through street protests.