Saturday 24 March 2018

Soldier killed in attack near paramilitary camp in Kashmir

A police spokesman said the building near the camp in Srinagar where the attack took place has been cleared of all civilians.

India Kashmir Attack
India Kashmir Attack

By Associated Press Reporters

At least one paramilitary soldier was killed when two gunmen opened fire near a camp in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.

The attack came hours after government troops ended a two-day gun battle with three armed men at an army camp in another part of the disputed region. Five soldiers and one civilian were killed in that clash.

India Kashmir Attack

Rajesh Yadav, a spokesman for the Central Reserve Police Force, said the building near the camp in Srinagar where Monday’s attack occurred has been cleared of all civilians.

Police chief SP Vaid said the area has been cordoned off and troops are exchanging fire with the gunmen.

India Kashmir Attack

Late on Sunday, government troops ended a gun battle with militants inside an army camp in the region’s Jammu area.

Three militants had been killed by late on Sunday night, ending the attack that began at dawn on Saturday when the militants stormed the Sunjuwan army base on the outskirts of the city of Jammu.

India Kashmir Attack

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and arch-rival Pakistan. Both claim the region in its entirety.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population.

Several militant groups have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the militants, a charge it denies.

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