SRINAGAR: Indian paramilitary forces killed four alleged attackers who tried to storm their camp in Indian-held Kashmir on early Monday.
The gunmen lobbed grenades and fired automatic weapons outside the Central Reserve Police Force [CRPF] camp in Indian-administered Kashmir before dawn, a spokesperson said. “They tried to storm the camp, but they were not even allowed to enter the gate,” CRPF spokesperson Bhuvesh Choudhary told AFP. “All the four attackers were eliminated in a clean and wonderful operation. There were no injuries on our side.”
Four assault rifles, grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the bodies of the slain men, whose identities were not known. “They were carrying huge amounts of ammunition and did not appear to be locals,” said director general of police, SP Vaid.
The foiled attack in the northern Sumbal area came amid renewed tension in IoK following the killing last month of a top rebel leader which sparked fresh protests against Indian rule.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety. Rebel groups have since 1989 been fighting roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.