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Militants Target Indian Base In Kashmir, Kill One Border Guard


Indian villagers fortify defenses along the line of control between India and Pakistan in the restive Kashmir region
Indian villagers fortify defenses along the line of control between India and Pakistan in the restive Kashmir region

India says militants have attacked one of its army camps in Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another.

Police said the gunbattle between the attackers and Indian troops from the camp in the garrison town of Baramulla ended early on October 3.

The camp is the local headquarters of a counterinsurgency military unit.

Later in the day, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across their de facto borders in Kashmir.

The assault came three days after the Indian army said it had carried out a "surgical strike" in the region and destroyed "terrorist launching pads" used by militants with support from Pakistan, but Islamabad disputed this.

Relations between the two neighbors have deteriorated since militants entered an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir on September 18 and killed 18 soldiers.

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 Reuters, AP, and the BBC

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