28 Feb 2024
Wednesday 17 August 2016 - 17:41
Story Code : 227414

Gunmen attack Indian army convoy in Kashmir, kill 3

Unknown gunmen have killed two soldiers and a police officer in Indian-administered Kashmir amid heightened tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.

The assailants ambushed two army trucks and a police car overnight in Baramulla district, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of the regions main city of Srinagar, police said Wednesday.

Three more people were injured in the ambush. A search is underway to find the attackers.

Indian army convoys have been patrolling Kashmir at night more frequently in recent weeks amid a wave of unrest in the region.

Fresh series of clashes erupted in Kashmir on July 8, when people protested against the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular pro-independence fighter at the hands of Indian forces.

There are an estimated 500,000 Indian troops currently deployed in the restive territory. The country has imposed a curfew across large parts of the territory since July.

Since India and Pakistan won independence from British rule in 1947, the arch-rivals have been claiming Kashmir in full but have had only partial control over it.

Thousands of people have been killed in the unrest in Kashmir since early 1990s.

By Press TV

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