Militants escape after raid on camp in Baramulla, two weeks after 19 Indian soldiers died in similar assault
Monday 3 October 2016 03.28 EDT
At least six militants have attacked an Indian army camp in north Kashmir, killing one border guard and wounding another, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 Indian soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan.
The attack on the camp of India’s 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla, which also houses a unit of the Border Security Force, started at about 10.30pm local time on Sunday.
The Baramulla police chief, Imtiyaz Hussein, said the militants appeared to have reached the camp by boat on a river that passes through the town, and escaped afterwards. “They fled under the cover of darkness,” he said.
India called its 4 Para special forces unit in to Baramulla and an operation continued into the morning to search and secure the army camp.
Baramulla is a district capital that lies on the road between Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s northernmost state, and the frontier settlement of Uri, where the previous attack took place on 18 September.
India launched retaliatory “surgical strikes” in the early hours of Thursday against militant camps on the Pakistani side of the line of control and announced it had inflicted significant casualties. Pakistan denied any such attack had taken place.
India’s announcement that it had conducted the cross-border raid was the first in decades, and raised international fears that its campaign to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and punish it militarily could lead to an armed escalation.
After the Indian operation, the United States urged India and Pakistan to show restraint. On Monday, Pakistan said the two countries’ national security advisers had been in touch in an attempt to calm the situation on the line of control (LoC).
“Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on LoC and focus on Kashmir,” Sartaj Aziz, a foreign policy adviser to the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, said.
India and Pakistan have been at odds over Kashmir since independence nearly 70 years ago, fighting two of their three wars over the territory that they each rule in part but claim in full.