- Police say one Indian soldier died in attack
- Indian Defense Ministry says “terrorists” opened fire on Indian army camp
- India has relocated more than 10,000 people from around the disputed border area
An Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) officer was killed and another wounded, according to Imtiyaz Ahmad, Indian senior police superintendant.
“Militants lobbed grenades and fired with automatic weapons injuring two BSF troopers, one of whom later succumbed (to his injuries),” Ahmad told CNN. “The firing has now stopped.”
The attack happened in the town of Baramulla, about 54 kilometers north of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The Indian Defense Ministry also released a brief statement that “terrorists” had opened fire on the camp. It had no further details.
Exchange of gunfire
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region, has been disputed territory between India and Pakistan for the past 70 years.
Both countries hold separate parts of it and have fought two wars, in 1947 and 1965, over their claims. They came close to a third in 1999.
Analysts said the recent tensions are the worst in a decade.
“The latest developments have set in the fear and tension as the deteriorating situation may trigger cross [border] artillery duels [such as] we have witnessed during the 1990s when several villagers were killed and wounded,” he said.