Eight Indian paramilitaries die in occupied Kashmir after attack on convoy

SRINAGAR: At least eight Indian paramilitary soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed Saturday near Srinagar in Indian-occupied Kashmir when a group of armed militants ambushed the soldiers´ convoy, police said.


Four militants sprayed bullets on the convoy carrying members of India´s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Pampore town, killing five soldiers instantly and wounding 20, inspector general of police for the region, Javaid Gillani, told AFP.

A top regional police official said three others succumbed to their injuries later.

“The toll of CRPF personnel killed in the attack is now eight, after three more died of their injuries,” Rajendra Kumar, director general of police in the region said.

Indian officials said that two attackers were killed while two others managed to escape.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since Partition in 1947. Both claim the Muslim-majority region in its entirety.

In recent months Indian-occupied Kashmir has witnessed a spurt in armed encounters between government forces and rebels who have been fighting for decades for independence or a merger of the disputed territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead over the past three decades.