Published: Mon, December 19, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Militants kill 3 Indian soldiers in Kashmir

Militants kill 3 Indian soldiers in Kashmir

Global desk - Three Indian soldiers were killed after some unidentified militants fired on an army bus in southern Kashmir, officials said.

Last month suspected militants killed seven soldiers after they attacked a military base along the highway. The fatalities could have been higher had the driver not kept going despite being shot, police said.

The attack was carried out around 2pm at a crowded place in Pampore, limiting the soldiers' ability to retaliate with full force an army spokesman said. Two security personnel, including the driver of the army bus, were wounded.

The convoy was on way from Jammu to Srinagar when it came under the atrocious attack.

60 soldiers were killed in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) till December 15 this year and out of this figure 23 were killed in operations at the LoC, confirmed sources of Defence ministry.

Besides an escalation in terrorist strikes in the hinterland, the army casualties have gone up due to a sharp spurt in ceasefire violations and Border Action Team operations by the Pakistani army following the Indian army's surgical strikes on six terror launch pads along the Line of Control.

"A bad year in terms of security force casualties just got worse", Omar Abdullah, the leader of the main opposition group in Indian Occupied Kashmir, said in a Twitter post following the latest attack.

In view of the yesterday's militancy ambush in which three soldiers were killed on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, a high level meeting was held today to review the security situation.

This is the second major attack on the security forces in Pampore town, which has become a major concern for the security establishment in Kashmir. On February 20 this year, militants attacked an Army convoy and then took refuge in the government-run Entrepreneurship Development Institute. The building saw another militant holdup in October.

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