8 Indian police killed in Kashmir
Eight Indian police officials were killed in an attack Saturday in the Indian-administered Kashmir.
Inspector general of police for Srinagar, Javaid Gillani, said a group of armed men ambushed the convoy carrying members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near the town of Pampore. Five soldiers were killed instantly.
Gillani said 20 others were wounded in the attack while two assailants also lost their lives.
Director general of police in the region, Rajendra Kumar, said three other Indian soldiers succumbed to their injuries later.
“The toll of CRPF personnel killed in the attack is now eight, after three more died of their injuries,” Kumar said.
Other officials said the attackers were Pakistani nationals, with Nalin Prabhat, the inspector general for CRPF in the region, saying authorities were happy that they managed to kill two Pakistani militants.
The Saturday assault came a few days after Indian forces killed seven attackers in three separate incidents of gunfight in the north of the territory.
Also on Saturday, it was declared that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti became elected to the state parliament. Mufti took over the top position in the region earlier this year after her father died in office. She had to win a local poll to continue serving in the role.
Since its partition in 1947, the Muslim-majority Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan. The Indian-administered Kashmir has been the scene of sporadic encounters between government forces and separatists who have been seeking for decades either independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the violence over the past three decades.