SRINAGAR (AFP) - Three Indian soldiers and five suspected freedom fighters have been killed in two gunbattles in a forest in Indian-held Kashmir, police said Wednesday. The fighting erupted late Tuesday when Indian soldiers backed by counter-insurgency police ringed two areas where suspected freedom fighters were allegedly hiding in the southern district of Rajouri. The encounters have left three soldiers and five fighters dead, a police spokesman said, adding two policemen, including an officer, were injured in the exchange of fire. The fighting stopped early Wednesday and troops are now carrying out searches in the forests, he said, claiming that the slain freedom fighters were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group. The fresh skirmishes came after Indias military claimed some 400 freedom fighters were waiting to cross into Occupied Kashmir from the Pakistani side of Kashmir.