In recent weeks, India has stepped up military operations against rebels in the restive territory [File: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP]

At least five people, including a six-year-old boy caught in the crossfire, have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The child was in a car that drove into a gun battle between suspected rebels and paramilitaries near the town of Bijbehara, a police officer told AFP news agency on Friday. 

“The boy and a soldier were injured during the exchange of fire and both later died in hospital,” said the officer, who asked not to be named.

Three rebels were also killed in a separate gunfight at Chewa, near the region’s main city of Srinagar, in a battle that lasted 20 hours, army spokesman Colonel Rajesh

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