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India Says It Killed Three Suspected Militants In Kashmir

Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif (file photo)

Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif (file photo)

India says its soldiers have killed three suspected militants who tried to raid an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Defense Ministry said the militants tried to break through the camp's perimeter in Kupwara district early on October 6 but were repelled by soldiers in heavy exchanges of fire.

It said the army suffered no casualties in the incident, which took place near the de facto border between India and Pakistan.

There was no independent confirmation of the attack, which comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following last month's militant attack on an Indian military base that killed 19 soldiers.

In an October 6 speech, Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif warned India that Pakistani armed forces will react with a "befitting response" to any act of aggression.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the disputed Himalayan territory in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.

Based on reporting by dpa, AFP, AP, and Reuters