Two paramilitary troopers of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed on Thursday in an attack in the Awantipora town of Pulwama district, around 25kms south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-held Kashmir.
"Militants this evening killed two of our personnel in Awantipora," Nalin Prabat, CRPF Inspector General in the region, told Anadolu Agency.
"The attack took place when the CRPF men were withdrawing from the day’s routine duty."
The CRPF personnel were initially wounded in the attack and moved to the nearest primary health center where they were declared dead by the doctors.
"Both the CRPF men had already succumbed when they reached here," a medical assistant posted in the health center told AA.
Immediately after the attack, large contingents of police, CRPF and Indian army were rushed to comb the area.
Kashmir valley reportedly has more than 600,000 Indian soldiers and is considered to be one of the most militarized zones in the world.
Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was in Pulwama town earlier in the day to inaugurate a cold storage facility.
He had already left when the militant attack happened.
No militant group has so far claimed responsibility of the attack.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
The two countries have fought three major wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.
India has more than 600,000 soldiers posted in the disputed region, making it one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world.
Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in India-held Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule, demanding either national independence or unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict so far.
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