An attack on an army camp in Indian Kashmir left at least five people dead – three soldiers and two insurgents – and two soldiers injured this Thursday (08.11.2022), official sources said. Other sources say up to 10 people died.
Deputy Director of Police, Jammu Division Mukesh Singh told reporters that the attack took place early today when some terrorists tried to cross the fence of an army camp in Barkal area of Rajouri district. .
“The policemen confronted them and firing ensued,” Singh noted, explaining that “more forces have been sent to the army camp to secure the area.”
A district official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said five soldiers were initially injured in the attack, but three of them died after being taken to a nearby health center, while the other two were undergoing treatment.
He also said that the bodies of two of the attackers have been recovered.
The attack came hours after police announced the killing of three militants in central Kashmir’s Putgam district on Wednesday night.
These types of attacks are not uncommon in the Jammu division, which has largely been spared the presence of insurgents, although it has seen several incidents linked to armed groups in recent months.
There are frequent clashes between the Indian security forces and various armed groups over the independence of the Indian territory of Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan.
The disputed territory has seen three decades of independent armed insurgency, described by New Delhi as terrorist, in which tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have died since 1989.
Since British recolonization and the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, Pakistan has disputed sovereignty over the region with India, and has fought three wars and other minor conflicts over it.
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