Thursday, 27 November 2014

Militants attack Army base in Kashmir..........

SRINAGAR: Seven people, including three civilians and an Army soldier, were killed in a fierce gunbattle between the security forces and militants near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Militants dressed in Army uniforms attacked the Indian Army base near the town of Arnia on Thursday, as the leaders of India and Pakistan attended a Saarc summit aimed at boosting trade.

A gunfight between the militants and the Army was continuing, a senior Indian Army officer said. Three militants had been shot dead and one arrested, the officer said.

Four to five militants attacked the Army base near the town of Arnia, about four km (2.5 miles) from the border with Pakistan, the officer, who did not wish to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said.

The militants had divided into two teams, with one group heading for an Army bunker and the other holed up inside a village house, the officer said.

The gunmen didn't infiltrate from the Pakistani side of the border, a senior Border Security Force official said.

"They came in a car to Arnia and took shelter in a bunker and targeted the Army," he said.

Omar says no coincidence

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the attack "can't be a coincidence" and that he condoled the death of the soldier with his family.

"The timing of the attack in Arnia can't be a coincidence. My condolences to the family of the army officer killed in Arnia," Omar posted on his Twitter handle.