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Gunmen attack Indian army convoy in Kashmir, kill 3

17 August 2016 14:27

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Unknown gunmen have killed two soldiers and a police officer in Indian-administered Kashmir amid heightened tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.

The assailants ambushed two army trucks and a police car overnight in Baramulla district, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of the region’s main city of Srinagar, police said Wednesday.

Three more people were injured in the ambush. A search is underway to find the attackers.

Indian army convoys have been patrolling Kashmir at night more frequently in recent weeks amid a wave of unrest in the region.

Fresh series of clashes erupted in Kashmir on July 8, when people protested against the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular pro-independence fighter at the hands of Indian forces.

There are an estimated 500,000 Indian troops currently deployed in the restive territory. The country has imposed a curfew across large parts of the territory since July.

Since India and Pakistan won independence from British rule in 1947, the arch-rivals have been claiming Kashmir in full but have had only partial control over it.

Thousands of people have been killed in the unrest in Kashmir since early 1990s.

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