A Kashmiri man douses a fire in a house damaged by the gun battle in Srinagar [Dar Yasin/AP Photo]

 A rebel commander and his associate have been killed by the Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir’s main city, authorities said, triggering anti-India protests and clashes in the disputed region. 

Scores of counterinsurgency police and paramilitary soldiers cordoned off a neighbourhood in Srinagar’s old quarters on a tip that some rebels were hiding there, paramilitary spokesman Pankaj Singh said on Tuesday.

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Explosions and gunshots echoed through the densely populated neighbourhood, with streets largely empty as a result of a coronavirus lockdown that has kept most residents to their homes.

At least five homes were reduced to rubble during the gun battle and 10 others were severely damaged,

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