9 Die In Kashmir Paramilitary Camp Attack
4 August 2004
Srinagar: A suspected Islamic militant attacked a paramilitary camp in Indian- controlled Kashmir with grenades and gunfire, killing nine soldiers and wounding four in overnight fighting before he was killed by government forces, police said Thursday. One civilian also was wounded in the attack launched late Wednesday in a residential neighborhood of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu- Kashmir state, said V. D. Tokas, the deputy inspector-general of Central Reserve Police Force. Advertisement 'We were taken by surprise,' Tokas told The Associated Press. The militant hurled a grenade into the camp before storming in and firing repeatedly, Tokas said. Local news agency United News Service reported that an unidentified caller claimed the attack on behalf of two Pakistan- based militant groups, Al Madonna and Al Mansourain. Such suicide attacks on military camps are a common tactic by rebels in Kashmir. Indian security forces have been fighting more than a dozen Islamic militants groups who are seeking independence for Kashmir or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. At least 65,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in the 14 year-old conflict.