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Militants fire on Indian army base in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Militants opened fire on an Indian army camp in north Kashmir on Sunday night, the army said, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.

An army spokesman said the camp at Baramulla, a frontier district, had come under fire.

“Exchange of fire on,” the spokesman said.

Baramulla Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Hussein said heavy firing was going on near the camp of India’s 46 Rashtriya Rifles.

Abid Nabi, who lives nearby, said: “We are hearing huge explosions and firing.”

There were no reports of any casualties.

It was not clear whether the attackers had breached the army camp perimeter, nor how many casualties there were.

Soaring tensions

Earlier in September, in one of the worst episodes of cross-border firing along the Line of Control, at least two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed as Indian troops opened fire on the first line of defence.

India also claimed to have performed a surgical strike by crossing the disputed boundary. The Indian claims were rubbished by Pakistan Army.

Later it emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan army, while Indian soldiers were also killed in the episode of firing across the LoC.

An Indian army official based in New Delhi said, “It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control”.

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