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2 Indian soldiers killed, 10 wounded in attack in Kashmir

20 February 2016, 18:57

Sringkar — Islamic militants fired automatic rifles at a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing two and wounding 10 others before taking refuge in a nearby government building, police said.

More than 110 civilian government employees were evacuated from the building, said police officer Syed Javed Mujtaba Gillani. One civilian was injured in the attack, which occurred on the southern outskirts of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Two or three attackers were suspected to be hiding in the building, Gillani said.

Army and police personnel surrounded the building, leading to an intermittent exchange of gunfire with the rebels. With darkness enveloping the area, the standoff was expected to last several hours.

The wounded soldiers were hospitalized, including one in critical condition, Gillani said.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, where rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for either independence or a merger with neighboring Pakistan. India and Pakistan each administer a portion of Kashmir, but both claim the region in its entirety.

More than 68,000 people have been killed in the armed uprising and ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over control of Kashmir, since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.

- AP


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