Militants Kill Five Police in Strike in Indian-Run KashmirBibhudatta Pradhan
The first major militant assault in three years on a security force camp in Indian Kashmir killed five paramilitary police and wounded others.
Two guerrillas who attacked the base in Srinagar died in an exchange of fire, Omar Abdullah, chief minister of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, told lawmakers in the local assembly. “It was a suicide attack,” he said. Television channels broadcast footage of police taking cover behind sandbag bunkers and evacuating the injured.
The strike will further raise tensions after troops from India and Pakistan in January and February engaged in their most serious skirmishes in a decade along the de facto frontier that divides the disputed Himalayan region. It also follows the execution in New Delhi of a Kashmiri sentenced to death for his role in the 2001 strike on India’s parliament.
“Both the terrorists who have been killed appear not to be local,” R.K. Singh, India’s home secretary, told reporters in New Delhi. “The first impression is that they are probably from Pakistan.”
Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947 and claimed in full by both, has been the cause of two wars between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Tourists returned to Kashmir in record numbers over the last year as violence linked to a separatist insurgency that erupted in 1989 continued to ebb.
The number of militants attempting to cross the border from Pakistan-held territory fell from 489 in 2010 to 247 a year later, the last period for which complete data is available, according to India’s home ministry.
The two nations have repaired economic and sporting ties since resuming peace talks snapped by the 2008 raid on Mumbai by Pakistani guerrillas.