Indian soldier wounded in gun battle at IHK army base: Officer

SRINAGAR: At least three heavily armed militants have stormed an Indian army camp in India-held Kashmir, with intense firing setting an oil depot inside on fire, an Indian army officer says.


The officer says an army soldier has been injured in the fighting, which started early Wednesday close to the Line of Control.

He says the militants used grenades and gunfire to attack the camp, located about 150 kilometres northwest of Srinagar.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters. There was no independent confirmation of the incident.

Kashmir is divided and administered separately by India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both.

Since 1989 fighting between about a dozen rebel groups, seeking independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan, and Indian forces has left tens of thousands dead, most of them civilians.

More than 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting and in a subsequent Indian military crackdown.