Indian policemen attacked in Kashmir

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Indian policemen attacked in Kashmir

A police station in the India-held Kashmir was attacked with hand grenades and automatic weapons Friday, killing one officer and one civilian, police said.

Panicked shop owners fled as the assault began in Sopore, a town 35 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, said Sheikh Faisal, a local police officer.

Police exchanged gunfire with the attackers for 30 minutes, Faisal said.

Police searched the area for the attackers, but they apparently escaped after the assault, Faisal said.

The civilians hit were standing near the gate of the police station when the assault began.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

More than a dozen groups have fought Indian forces since 1989, seeking independence for the Muslim-majority state or its merger with Pakistan.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. Kashmiris say fight against India since it rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.


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