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Indian troops kill four attackers in Kashmir

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Indian paramilitary forces killed four attackers who tried to storm their camp in the disputed Kashmir region early Monday. The gunmen lobbed grenades and fired automatic weapons outside the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Indian-administered Kashmir before dawn, a spokesman said.

“They tried to storm the camp, but they were not even allowed to enter the gate,” CRPF spokesman Bhuvesh Choudhary told AFP. “All the four attackers were eliminated in a clean and wonderful operation. There were no injuries on our side.”

Four assault rifles, grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the bodies of the slain attackers, whose identities were not known. “They were carrying huge amounts of ammunition and did not appear to be locals,” said director general of police, S.P. Vaid.

Renewed tension

The foiled attack in the northern Sumbal area came amid renewed tension in Kashmir following the killing last month of a top rebel leader which sparked fresh protests against Indian rule.

Dozens of local youths have joined the rebel ranks since last year when the killing by security forces of a popular rebel commander sparked wide-scale anti-India protests that left more than 100 civilians dead and thousands wounded.