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Indian Kashmir Under Curfew

An Indian policeman stands guard at a temporary checkpoint during a curfew in Srinagar, India, March 14, 2013.
An Indian policeman stands guard at a temporary checkpoint during a curfew in Srinagar, India, March 14, 2013.
VOA News
Authorities in Indian Kashmir have imposed a curfew after a militant attack killed five soldiers Wednesday in the region's main city, Srinagar.

Troops patrolled the streets of Srinagar Thursday.

Police said Wednesday that two militants opened fire on a paramilitary camp, killing five soldiers and wounding at least seven others.

Authorities say the two attackers died in the assault. According to officials, they had approached the base by hiding their guns and grenades in sports bags as they mixed together with a group of local boys playing cricket. None of the nearby children were injured.

Local media reports say the pro-Pakistan militant group Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility. Indian officials also said they believed the attackers were from Pakistan -- a charge Islamabad strongly rejected.

Organized militant attacks on Srinagar have been rare in recent years. But conditions in the Indian-controlled region have been tense since last month's execution of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri separatist convicted for his role in the 2001 attack on India's parliament.

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