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India: Militants Attack Kashmir Base

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Indian army and police officials say three armed militants and at least one other person have been killed in an attack on an army camp in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Wednesday.

The officials said the militants used gunfire and grenades in their attack, which took place close to the heavily guarded border between Indian and Pakistani territory.

A senior officer said the three militants and one civilian were killed during a six-hour gun battle that took place after the initial attack.

One Indian soldier was reported injured.

Kashmir is home to several rebel groups fighting Indian forces deployed in the region, seeking independence or union with Pakistan.

Ownership of Kashmir has been in dispute between India and Pakistan for seven decades, since the independence of the two states from Britain. Both countries claim Kashmir in full, but each rules only a part of it. Kashmir has triggered two of the three wars between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

India says Pakistan encourages terrorism by allowing terrorist attackers to walk free on its soil. Last month India delivered a blunt response to a peace proposal from Pakistan at the annual United Nations General Assembly: Indian Minister or External Affairs Sushma Swaraj told Pakistan to "give up terrorism.''

Swaraj contended that recent cross-border attacks in Kashmir were intended to destabilize India.

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