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Thursday, April 27, 2017, 15:56
3 troopers killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir
By Xinhua
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 15:56 By Xinhua

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard during a strike after eight people were killed in Srinagar on April 11, 2017. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir - At least three Indian troopers, including an officer and two militants, were killed Thursday after militants attacked a military camp in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The attack was carried out in Panzgam village of frontier Kupwara district, close to Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, about 106 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"In an attack this morning on our camp, two militants were killed," Indian military spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia told Xinhua. "Three of our soldiers, including an officer, have also been martyred fighting the militants."

Heavy gunfire was going on between the two sides and further details are awaited, officials said.

Last year, a similar attack on Indian army's camp in Uri town in the region left 19 troopers dead and many others wounded.

Following the attack in Uri, the Indian army claimed it carried out "surgical strikes" inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir inflicting significant casualties on infiltrators and their supporters, which triggered tensions between the two countries.

The confrontation saw increase in cease-fire violations on Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Kashmir between the two countries.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir. 

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