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Indian paramilitary camp in Kashmir suffers attack by rebels

4 Indian soldiers and three suspected militants were killed

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SRINAGAR, Kashmir - Rebels violently stormed an Indian paramilitary camp in Kashmir on Sunday, leaving seven people dead.

Officials said that four Indian soldiers and three suspected militants were killed after rebels stormed the camp in disputed Kashmir.

In a separate clash, the Indian army confirmed that Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire along the highly militarized line dividing Kashmir between the two rivals, killing an Indian soldier.

Paramilitary spokesman Rajesh Yadav said in a statement that in the incident at the paramilitary camp, gunmen in combat dress entered the camp near southern Lethpora village early Sunday firing guns and grenades at the sentry. 

He added that soldiers inside the camp were responding to the attack, which left at least three soldiers wounded.

According to officials, the initial assault left one paramilitary soldier dead and two others wounded. 

Police added that reinforcements of army soldiers and counterinsurgency police encircled the camp and were exchanging gunfire with the assailants.

Subsequently, fighting continued and two more paramilitary soldiers were killed and another soldier died of cardiac arrest while being evacuated along with many others who were trapped in the camp's residential buildings.

According to Yadav, troops recovered the bodies of three suspected militants and were searching a building in the camp for another militant.

The incident occurred at the camp which is located along the strategic highway connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India and close to the chain of plateaus famed for Kashmir's saffron fields. 

Te camp serves as a training center for soldiers apart for being there in place for counterinsurgency operations. 

So far, no rebel group fighting against Indian rule has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, the same day, the Indian army said one soldier was killed after Pakistani troops fired at forward posts in Nowshera sector along the highly militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Col. Nitin Joshi, an Indian military spokesman, called it an "unprovoked violation" of the 2003 cease-fire accord between India and Pakistan, and said the Indian army "retaliated strongly and effectively."

 

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