26 Sep 2013

Militants kill eight in Kashmir attack

8:38 pm on 26 September 2013

Heavily armed militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have launched what appears to be a co-ordinated attack, killing at least eight people.

Officials say the militants, dressed in army uniforms, first opened fire at a police station in Kathua district, close to the border with Pakistan, killing four policemen and two civilians, the BBC reported.

The militants then hijacked a truck and went on to attack an army camp, killing at least two soldiers.

Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has experienced an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989.

India has a large security presence in Kashmir with tens of thousands of police and paramilitary forces deployed in the region.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh said Thursday's attacks were "one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace".

They come days before the meeting this weekend between Mr Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.