Soldiers killed in Kashmir attack

Two paramilitary troops shot dead and many people injured in two attacks.

    Tens of thousands of people have died or disappeared in Kashmir in two decades of fighting [AFP]

    Tripathi said the troops were taken to hospital but died from head injuries.

    Grenade attack

    A second attack on Monday wounded two paramilitary soldiers when a hand grenade was thrown at an outpost in the Batmaloo region of Srinagar.

    "A grenade was lobbed on our bunker in which our two soldiers, two local policemen and eight civilians were injured," Triphati said.

    That assault also wounded five civilians.

    No one has claimed responsibility for either attack.

    Unrest in the divided Kashmir region, of which both Pakistan and India claim total control, had dropped at the start of 2009 to its lowest level since a revolt against Indian rule broke out 20 years ago, police have claimed.

    However, separatist activity has picked up in recent months. Security officials argue that Pakistani-based opposition groups have increased efforts for their fighters to gain entry to the region before winter snows block the Himalayan mountain passes.

    More than 47,000 people have been killed in Kashmir since 1989, according to official tallies, although human rights groups have said that the actual figure for the dead and disappeared is about 70,000.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.