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An Indian paramilitary soldier guards as a Kashmiris walk at a busy market in Srinagar
The Indian army said fighting is continuing after an attack during which five of its soldiers were killedImage: Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo/picture alliance
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5 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

October 11, 2021

Suspected militants have killed five soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir amid a spike in violence in the region. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Indian officials said five soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with suspected rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday.

Two suspected rebels, meanwhile, were killed in separate incidents. Tensions have been heightened in the region following a series of civilian murders.

The shootings were the deadliest attack on military forces in the area in more than six months.

An Indian paramilitary soldier checks the bag of a Kashmiri man at a busy market in Srinagar
Indian security forces have embarked on a crackdown following a number of civilian murdersImage: Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo/picture alliance

What do we know so far?

According to an Indian army spokesman, troops were conducting a search operation near the southern Surankote area after reports of militant presence.

Lieutenant Colonel Davinder Anand said the troops came under heavy fire. Four soldiers and an army officer were critically wounded.

 "They were moved to a nearby medical facility but succumbed to their injuries," said Anand.

Reinforcements have been sent to the area and, according to the Indian army, fighting continues.

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No claim of responsibility

It's not immediately clear who was behind the attack, as no militant group has claimed responsibility. However, in the run-up to this latest incident, a series of killings in the city of Srinagar resulted in a government crackdown.

Hundreds of people have been detained following the recent killings of a Kashmiri Hindu chemist, two Hindu schoolteachers and a Hindu food vendor.

Both India and Pakistan claim the Muslim-majority territory, which is administered in parts by the two countries. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict since late 1989.

In 2019, New Delhi stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status which relit tensions.

kb/nm (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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