Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Deadly attack in Kashmir ahead of India PM's trip

Militants opened fire on a military convoy in Indian Kashmir on Monday, killing four soldiers and wounding six others on the eve of a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

SRINAGAR, India // Militants opened fire on a military convoy in Indian Kashmir on Monday, killing four soldiers and wounding six others on the eve of a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the army said.

The soldiers were attacked on the outskirts of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, army spokesman Col Brijesh Pandey told AFP.

"We have received 10 casualties from the attack site at the military hospital, four of them were fatal," he said, adding that one of the six wounded is in a critical condition.

The attack came amid a high state of alert which had been imposed ahead of Mr Singh's arrival today for a two-day visit to the territory, his first since June 2010.

Security officials had earlier said that police and paramilitary forces were being deployed in strength across the region and additional check points had been erected along major highways.

"A high alert is there. We do face a threat from the militants," Abdul Gani Mir, Kashmir's police chief said.

Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan territory, is divided between India and Pakistan by a UN monitored de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC) but it is claimed in full by both.

More than a dozen armed rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 for the region's independence or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians have died in the fighting but armed violence has been on a steady decline since the early 2000s.

Security concerns were further raised yesterday when armed rebels struck in a busy commercial area in the heart of Srinagar, the region's summer capital, killing two policemen in a shoot-and-run incident.

The three main separatist groups opposed to Indian rule have called for a total shutdown for today to protest the visit of the prime minister.

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 The Doha-based Youssef Al Qaradawi speaks to the crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt in February, 2011. The outspoken pro-Muslim Brotherhood imam has been critical of the UAE’s policies toward Islamist groups, adding to friction between Qatar and other GCC states. Khalil Hamra / AP Photo

Brotherhood imam skips Doha sermon, but more needed for GCC to reconcile

That Youssef Al Qaradawi did not speak raises hopes that the spat involving Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain might be slowly moving towards a resolution.

 Twitter photo of  Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the campaign trail on March 30. Photo courtesy-Twitter/@SisiCampaign

El Sisi rides a bicycle, kicks off social media storm

The photos and video created a huge buzz across social media networks, possibly a marker of a new era for Egypt.

 An Afghan election commission worker carries a ballot box at a vote counting centre in Jalalabad on April 6. A roadside bomb hit a truck carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Eight boxes of votes were destroyed in the blast, which came as the three leading candidates voiced concerns about possible fraud. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP Photo

Two pressing questions for Afghanistan’s future president

Once in office, the next Afghan president must move fast to address important questions that will decide the immediate future of the country.

 Friday is UN Mine Awareness Day and Omer Hassan, who does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan, is doing all he can to teach people about the dangers posed by landmines. Louise Redvers for The National

A landmine nearly ended Omer’s life but he now works to end the threat of mines in Iraq

Omer Hassan does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan and only has to show people his mangled leg to underscore the danger of mines. With the world marking UN Mine Awareness Day on Friday, his work is as important as ever as Iraq is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

 Supporters of Turkey's ruling AKP cheer as they follow the election's results in front of the party's headquarters in Ankara on March 30. Adem Altan/ AFP Photo

Erdogan critic fears retaliation if he returns to Turkey

Emre Uslu is a staunch critic of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now, with a mass crackdown on opposition expected, he is unsure when he can return home.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National