Insurgents Attack Indian Army Camp in Kashmir

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Insurgents attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir late Sunday night killing one soldier and wounding another, reports indicated Monday.

“Militants lobbed grenades and fired with automatic weapons injuring two BSF troopers, one of whom later succumbed (to his injuries),” Imtiyaz Ahmad, Indian senior police superintendent told CNN.

“The firing has now stopped.”

The attack happened in the town of Baramulla, about 54 kilometers north of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir.

In the meantime, the Indian Defense Ministry also released a brief statement that “terrorists” had opened fire on the camp. It had no further details.

Tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir, one of the world’s longest running conflicts, ratcheted up last month after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack an army base on September 18.

Less than two weeks later, two Pakistani soldiers were killed in what the Indian army described as “surgical attacks” in the disputed border region to foil a “terrorist attack.”

India has relocated more than 10,000 people from around the disputed border area.

The two nations also exchanged gunfire Saturday morning, with each of the nuclear neighbors accusing the other of provocation.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region, has been disputed territory between India and Pakistan for the past 70 years.

Both countries hold separate parts of it and have fought two wars, in 1947 and 1965, over their claims. They came close to a third in 1999.

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