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Three Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir ambush attack

The attack took place in the afternoon, police said. Photograph: (AFP)

Srinagar Dec 17, 2016, 11.47 AM (IST)

Three soldiers were killed and at least two wounded when militants opened fire at an army convoy in the restive state state of India's Kashmir on Saturday.

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The attack occurred at Pampore in Pulwama district this afternoon, Indian police said.

Security forces have sealed off the adjoining residential area and are currently sweeping the place to track the ultras.

The attackers came on a motorcycle and fled after the attack.

“Terrorists attacked, security forces retaliated. Public was present so we couldn’t fire openly but terrorists were forced to run away,” said IG (Operations) CRPF, The Indian Express reported.

"A bad year in terms of security force casualties just got worse," former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah tweeted. 

Pampore has been at the centre of several such attacks in recent weeks, especially after India said it conducted surgical strikes to eliminate terror launchpads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

(WION)

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