You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

5 soldiers killed in Kashmir attack

SRINAGAR, India — Five soldiers were killed and seven others wounded Monday in an attack by suspected rebels on an army convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir on the eve of a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The attack came even though government forces had intensified their patrols ahead of Singh’s visit to prevent protests and attacks by rebels fighting against Indian rule.

Continue reading below

Singh’s two-day visit, which starts Tuesday, also follows a weekend attack in which militants shot and killed two police officers in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar.

Police detained scores of separatist activists, frisked residents, and searched cars as part of security measures. ‘‘We’re taking all possible security measures to have an incident-free visit by the prime minister,’’ said Ashok Prasad, director general of police.

But an army officer said that suspected rebels fired at an army convoy on a highway on the outskirts of Srinagar late Monday, killing the five soldiers and critically wounding the others. The officer was speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In a second attack further along the same highway, militants lobbed a grenade at security forces, critically wounding a paramilitary officer, a police official said.

Singh will inaugurate part of a rail line that connects southern and northern Kashmir, and meet officials to review development projects.

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com