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India says Pakistan ‘will pay’ after Kashmir army camp attack


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New Delhi/Srinagar, India (Reuters): India warned Pakistan that it would “pay for this misadventure” following a deadly attack by militants on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir that has stoked tensions between the nuclear armed rivals.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters on Monday evening that the Indian army has ample evidence to prove that “the handlers of the terrorists were back in Pakistan.”

Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu, the winter capital of the state, was the worst in months with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. Among the 10 wounded were women and children. At least three militants were killed, according to Indian officials, bringing the death toll to 10.

 “Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror... resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration,” Sitharaman said. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.”

Indian officials have said the heavily armed attackers involved in Saturday’s attack were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group.

Pakistani officials criticised India for rushing to a conclusion without a full inquiry.

After shooting their way into the base, the militants -- who Indian officials said wore fatigues and carried assault rifles and grenades -- had taken positions inside a residential complex meant for soldiers’ families, leading to more than a day of gunfights to clear the area.

In a separate incident, officials from India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said on Tuesday they were still fighting militants who the day before tried storming one of their bases in the state’s main city of Srinagar.

After guards opened fire on two gunmen, toting AK-47s, who then took cover in a building adjacent to the camp, said Rajesh Yadav, a spokesman for the reserve police force. By noon, one member of the CRPF and at least one of the militants had been killed.

India has long accused Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the heavily militarized Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state.


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