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Four militants were killed in a fierce gunfight with Indian troops Monday in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.
The militants, according to police, tried to storm a paramilitary camp in Sumbal village of Bndipora, 40 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Early today at around 4:00 a.m. local time militants tried to enter a paramilitary camp of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Sumbal, Bandipora with the aim to carry out a (fidayeen) suicide attack. However, the attack was foiled just outside the camp, which resulted in killing of four militants," a senior police official posted in Bandipora told Xinhua.
According to police, immediately after the militants attempted to enter the paramilitary camp, reinforcements of Indian police and army were rushed to the spot to take on militants.
The stand-off continued for around two hours, police said. Police officials said they have not suffered any causality or damage in the attack.
"All the policemen and paramilitary troopers are safe and our side has not suffered any damage during the attack," the police official said.
The identity of the slain militants was being ascertained. However, preliminary investigations carried out by the police suggest the militants are foreigners.
Region's Police Chief Shesh Paul Vaid said police recovered four assault rifles and some ammunition from the slain militants.
On Saturday two army troopers were killed and four others wounded after militants attacked their convoy in Qazigund town of the region.
Last month eight militants, including a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit, were killed in two separate gunfights in the region. Following the commander's killing, authorities have to impose restrictions for four days to prevent clashes and protests.
Militant groups are engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989. The militants often carry out attacks on police and army in the region. Gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)