Three Indian soldiers have been killed when a military convoy came under attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Indian officials said on Saturday that assailants on motorbikes opened fire on the convoy near the town of Pampore, south of Srinagar, the region’s main city.
K. Rajendra Kumar, the police chief of Kashmir, said, “Motorcycle-borne militants ambushed an army convoy. There have been casualties but details are being ascertained.”
An Indian army official, however, said three soldiers were killed.
An Indian Defense Ministry spokesman blamed the attack on what he called militants, adding that a search operation had been launched to find those responsible for the deadly attack.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been the scene of protests and tight security since early July, when Indian forces killed a leading pro-independence fighter. The protests have left nearly 90 civilians and two policemen dead and thousands more injured.