5 soldiers, 2 militants killed in Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — Two militants carrying guns and grenades attacked a group of paramilitary soldiers on the outskirts of the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday morning, leaving five soldiers and both militants dead and 10 other people wounded, police said. It was the bloodiest militant attack in the capital in years.

The two militants mixed with a group of boys playing cricket near a school compound for the children of police officials before lobbing grenades at the paramilitary troops, said a senior police officer.


No students or teachers were at the school because of ongoing strikes in the wake of the February execution of a Kashmiri militant.

Later Wednesday, paramilitary soldiers shot and killed a civilian who they said was part of a group of protesters throwing stones at vehicles taking the injured to a hospital.

Local residents, however, said he was not protesting or throwing rocks at the troops.

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