Militant attack on Indian army base in Kashmir kills one

Reuters | Published: 08:40, Oct 03,2016

 
 
India, Kashmir

Indian army soldiers arrive at the army base which was attacked by suspected rebels in the town of Uri, west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, September 18, 2016. -- AP file photo

At least six militants attacked an Indian army camp in north Kashmir on Sunday night, killing one border guard and wounding another, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 of its soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.

The attack on the camp of India's 46 Rastriya Rifles in Baramulla, which also houses a unit of the Border Security Force, started around 10:30pm (1700 GMT) and repeated exchanges of fire ensued.

‘One BSF personnel was killed and one injured when militants tried to enter an army camp,’ said local superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussein.

Local reports that two attackers had been killed could not immediately be confirmed.

Baramulla is a district capital that lies on the road from Srinagar, summer capital of India's northernmost state, to the frontier settlement of Uri where the September 18 attack on the army base took place.

India launched ‘surgical strikes’ in the early hours of Thursday morning against militant camps on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control, announcing it had inflicted significant casualties.

Pakistan denied any such attack had taken place.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have been at odds over Kashmir ever since independence nearly 70 years ago, fighting two of their three wars over the territory that they each rule in part but claim in full.

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