Eight paramilitaries die in Indian-held Kashmir after attack on convoy

Published: June 25, 2016
Four militants sprayed bullets on the convoy of India's Central Reserve Police Force near Pampore town. PHOTO: AFP

Four militants sprayed bullets on the convoy of India's Central Reserve Police Force near Pampore town. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: At least eight Indian paramilitary soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed Saturday near Srinagar in India-held Kashmir when a group of armed militants ambushed the soldiers’ convoy, police said.

Four militants sprayed bullets on the convoy carrying members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Pampore town, killing five soldiers instantly and wounding 20, inspector general of police for the region, Javaid Gillani, told AFP.

A top regional police official said three others succumbed to their injuries later.

“The toll of CRPF personnel killed in the attack is now eight, after three more died of their injuries,” Rajendra Kumar, director general of police in the region said.

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Another officer said that the injured soldiers were taken to a nearby military hospital.

“We have killed two militants, that is what we are happy about at this time. Two others escaped the spot,” said Nalin Prabhat, the inspector general for CRPF in the region.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since Partition in 1947. Both claim the Muslim-majority region in its entirety.

Overall violence in Indian-held Kashmir has sharply declined during the last decade, but in recent months the region has witnessed a spurt in armed encounters between government forces and rebels who have been fighting for decades for independence or a merger of the disputed territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead over the past three decades.

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Saturday’s attack came after seven suspected rebels were killed in three separate gunbattles with government forces earlier this week in the north of the territory, according to the Indian army.

Hours before the violence, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was elected Saturday to the state parliament. She was appointed as chief minister earlier this year after her father died in office but was required to win a local poll within six months to continue in the role.

India regularly blames Pakistan for sending armed militants to launch attacks in the territory. Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic support to the Kashmiri struggle for right of self-determination.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Burnol
    Jun 25, 2016 - 10:40PM

    Now the standard answer from the indian side would be the terrorist are Pakistan send LeT operatives who crossed the border and did it.Get hold of these rascals, are your soldiers sleeping at the border? Jammu they were sleeping,Pathankot they were sleeping,Now again they are sleeping.Why don’t you accept that they are indigenous fighters fighting for independent Kashmir.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 25, 2016 - 10:59PM

    Coward attack by Pakistan backed militants. Pakistan will not achieve their sinister objectives, which they have been trying for the last 65 years, period, Lack of brain, which does not get in to the heads, Kashmir was and is integral part of India.Recommend

  • Wakhra
    Jun 26, 2016 - 4:10AM

    It is easy to close the eyes like an ostrich and blame Pakistan. And this is exactly what India is going to do. I bet.Recommend

  • Sunita
    Jun 26, 2016 - 4:12AM

    Cool down man, we all know your hatred for Pakistan. Blaming anyone without proof is called being biased.@Sunil: Recommend

  • Khulbushan Yadav
    Jun 26, 2016 - 4:51AM

    So indians are blaming this on Pakistan meanwhile they act innocent when Pakistan catches RAW agents red handed and their involvement in terrorism. ignorant bunch of people talking big on pakistani news sites!!Recommend

  • Pashtun
    Jun 26, 2016 - 6:29AM

    Kashmir was never part of india. Dogra had bought it from british and handed over to india against the will of kashmiris which itself was against the rules of division. Pakistan does not claim kashmir to be it’s part but only wants what kashmiris want. World should recognize the fact that a nuclear war can errupt due to kashmir cause that will bring destruction every where. Kashmiris want to preserve their Religion and culture so they must be given basic human rights of freedom. For greater peace and prosperity of this region this long chapter of invasion and cruelty must be finishedRecommend

  • Seasian
    Jun 26, 2016 - 9:43AM

    Don’t blame them after the rest of the murderers show up soon washed up on the shores on Dal lake. String up ten for every one of ours. Only then will they understand Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 26, 2016 - 12:00PM

    Both Ind and Pak say we didn’t do it , so obviously theres a third party which does not want this K issue to be solved . why dont we look into it instead of blaming each other , why cant we play WITH each other. Recommend

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