Indian Paramilitary Convoy Attacked, Two Killed, Multiple Wounded
SRINAGAR: Rebels attacked a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers killing two army men in Indian-held Kashmir before taking refuge in a government-run training institute with around 100 people inside.
The insurgents assaulted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy before paramilitaries engaged them in a firefight in the complex on the outskirts of Srinagar.
“Two CRPF personnel died in the initial assault on the convoy and ten others were injured,” Javaid Gillani, inspector general of police for the region, told AFP, adding that militants then entered the complex.
“All the civilians present inside the building have been evacuated,” Gillani said.
Witnesses said three militants entered the complex, which houses the government-run Entrepreneurship Development Institute on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar.
They said the gunmen asked everyone inside to “save themselves” and move to a nearby hostel on the campus.
The region largely shut down last Monday as a general strike was called to protest against the killing of two civilians during a gunbattle between troops and suspected separatist militants.
Authorities also imposed a curfew in parts of Srinagar, where hundreds of police and paramilitary troops patrolled deserted streets and erected checkpoints to halt any protests.
Insurgents have been fighting since 1989 for the Indian portion of Kashmir's independence or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.
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