SRINAGAR (AFP) Four people were killed Monday when Indian security forces opened fire on stone-throwing protesters during fresh demonstrations against Indian rule in Kashmir, police said. A total of 69 protesters and bystanders have been killed over the past three months, mostly by security forces who have used live ammunition on rallies after being pelted with stones. The latest deaths, including that of a teenage student, occurred in Palhalan, about 30 kilometres north of Srinagar, police said. A police officer, asking not to be named, said one protester died on the spot while 18 others were wounded. One of the injured died on way to hospital, the officer said, adding that two more of the injured died in hospital. He said the condition of two others was serious. The fresh deaths brought more people onto the streets of Palhalan, chanting pro-independence slogans, a local photographer said. Meanwhile, Seven freedom fighters were killed in two different encounters with the security forces in Kashmirs Gurez and Kupwara sectors on Monday.