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Policemen killed in Kashmir attack

  • 8 November 2013
  • From the section India
An Indian policeman watches from a armoured vehicle in Srinagar on 7 November 2013
Kashmir has seen an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989

At least two policemen have been killed by suspected militants in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

Armed militants ambushed the policemen when they were leaving work at Awantipora, some 32km (20 miles) from Srinagar city, on Thursday evening.

Kashmir has seen an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989.

In recent years violence has abated from its peak in the 1990s, but the causes of the insurgency are still far from resolved.

Thursday evening's incident took place when Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi was travelling in the region on a visit.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

And the hanging earlier this year of a Kashmiri man, Afzal Guru, on charges of plotting the 2001 attack on India's parliament, has triggered a fresh spate of violence.

In September Indian security forces said they shot dead three men who stormed a police station and an army camp, killing at least 10 people.

In May, four soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected militants in Pulwama district.

In March, two armed militants disguised as cricket players attacked a paramilitary camp and killed five troops.

The militants were killed in retaliatory fire. Two people were arrested in connection with the attack.

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