Militants kill seven in attack on Indian Kashmir base: Police

Published: September 26, 2013

Indian Army soldiers take up position near an army camp during a gun battle on September 26, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

SRINAGAR: Militants disguised as soldiers killed seven people in an attack on a police base in Indian Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

The militants, all wearing army fatigues, lobbed grenades and opened fire at the Hiranagar police station, around 200 kilometres from Srinagar, an officer in the police control room said.

“We can confirm that five policemen and two civilians have been killed in the attack,” the officer told AFP.

The attackers then escaped after hijacking a truck and were now engaged in a fierce gun battle with Indian troops in Samba district of the region near the border with Pakistan, the NDTV news network and other local media reported.

Five security men have been injured in the ongoing gun battle at an army base, a senior police official said, with TV footage showing wounded soldiers being dragged away to safety.

“Four soldiers and a sentry have received injuries in the attack on army camp. We are trying to ascertain more details,” police Director General Ashok Prasad told AFP.

Prasad said a separate group of militants could be taking part in the ongoing battle, and it was unclear how many militants in total were involved.

“Militants came from Pakistan”

The militants had crossed the border from Pakistan the previous day, Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah claimed.

Omar Abdullah told reporters that the raid appeared designed to upset plans for a meeting in New York this week between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Given the history, timing and location, the aim is to derail the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart,” Abdullah said. “There are forces that are inimical to peace and want to derail any peace process.”

Reader Comments (24)

  • CK
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:18AM

    Now who would benefit from this the most?

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  • Hmm
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:36AM

    Send another 50k soldier to killl all those terrorists . We have no dearth of resources for that.

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:54AM

    Just the other day Mr ManMohan Singh stated that he is not planning to meet Mr Nawaz Sharif in New York and now after this tragedy they are stating something else. Total disarray in this congress led govt of India.

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  • alien
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:13AM

    One more issue for Pakistan.

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  • Asad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:22AM

    I second Indian National Congress’s statement!Recommend

  • Ammar
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Way to go .. :D

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  • AD
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Indian national congress never cares about nation and its people , it only cares about meeting.

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  • Shah
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Here we go again…. another series of allegations, sour relations and victory for armies and terrorists….

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  • Zubair
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:25PM

    There is no Border between Pakistan and India in Kasmir. There is only Line of Control between two in Kashmir. please correct the report.

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  • Naveen
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Entirely agree with Mr. Abdullah. Whenever there is a talk about having a talk, we get such attacks.

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  • Stoned
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:45PM

    False Flag!!

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  • ashiyan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:54PM

    When Indian army kills innocent kashmiris there is no one in self righteous media to condemn them.But when kashmiris retalliate they are blessed with tiltles like “MILLITANTS” instead of calling them “freedom fighters”.What I demand is neutrality and objectivity from media that may not harm one’s cause.
    City:Faisalabad

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  • Rowdy Rathore
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:54PM

    @ashiyan:
    You should be more concerned about your own country where hundreds of innocent people are killed every day and no one cares.

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  • Hats off
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Dear Innocent Writer if you follow international media you would find the that Indian Army men were mostly killed in that attack. As far as the term militant used by you, if a plain simple militant can inflict damage on so many Indian Army men then they should be ashamed of being in the army.

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  • Hafiz
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @ashiyan:
    They are like same freedom fighters those are attacked in peshawar.you people never correct yourself util pakistan totally destroyed.

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  • saad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:29PM

    india never wants to talk with pakistan thats what they do when ever their is dialogue between pakistan and india. india base terrorists attack and india put the blame of the pakistan. India is such coward country.Recommend

  • Someone
    Sep 26, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Seems like a settling of scores for the killing of Pakistani soldiers in August.

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  • Jalib
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Correction: Indian Occupied Kashmir

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  • Malatesh
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:00PM

    @ashiyan:
    Why ‘freedom fighters’ kill innocent people? Do you understand why Pakistan already lost more than one lakh innocent people by these ‘freedom fighters’ from last decade? I think Pakistan needs another partition now.

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  • yash
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:53PM

    Indian army did it again. FOR SURE

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  • KUMAR
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:01PM

    watch this space for some great news from pakistan within one or two weeks

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  • Osman
    Sep 27, 2013 - 2:14AM

    @Rowdy Rathore: Occupied Kashmir is part of our country Pakistan.

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  • rauf lala
    Oct 3, 2013 - 6:12AM

    all 7 dead were muslims

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  • Romm
    Oct 8, 2013 - 9:26PM

    @KUMAR:
    Dear it’s now India’s turn. 2014 is approaching fast. We had our share in last 10 years. Next 20 years …….alas poor indians.

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