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    Two Indian soldiers killed in military base attack in Held Kashmir

    Two Indian soldiers were killed Saturday in an ongoing gunfight after suspected militants attacked a military base in the Jammu region of Indian Held Kashmir, officials said.

    The pre-dawn attack left six others injured, including a girl, after heavily armed militants stormed Sunjuwan Indian Army camp near Jammu, the second largest city in the disputed valley.
    "Two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) have been killed and six others injured in Jammu militant attack," a senior minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told lawmakers inside the state's parliament.
    Jammu's regional police chief S.D. Singh said the attack kicked off around 4:55 am (2325 GMT Friday) when guards came under a hail of bullets near the base's boundary wall.
    "The attackers later entered the camp and they have been cornered in one of the family quarters," Singh told AFP.
    Police chief S.P. Vaid told AFP that one of the injured was the daughter of an army officer.
    There was no immediate confirmation on the number of attackers or the group they belong to.
    Hindu-majority Jammu, located in the foothills of the mountainous region, is relatively peaceful but has repeatedly seen militant assaults on military base.
    Seven soldiers were killed in a similar attack in Jammu after militants in police uniforms stormed a major army base in November 2016.
    Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in an armed insurgency that erupted in 1989.
    Rebel groups have for years fought the roughly half a million Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.
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