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Five die in Kashmir camp attack
Indian security forces in Kashmir
Indian security forces have been often targeted in Kashmir
At least five Indian police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected militants in Indian-administered Kashmir.

One militant has also been killed in a gunbattle between the two sides after the attack on a paramilitary camp in the border town of Sopore, police say.

Militant separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir - which both Pakistan and India claim - since 1989.

Some 40,000 people have been killed since then.

The police said two militants attacked the camp of India's Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) at Sopore, 50km (30 miles) from the state's summer capital, Srinagar, early on Friday.

A local police officer, Junaid Ahmed, told the Associated Press news agency that militants had hurled grenades and fired on the camp.

Another officer told Reuters news agency: "Intermittent firing inside the camp continues. The police and soldiers have cordoned off the camp. Reinforcements have been rushed in."

The police said the army had been called in to assist them in the operation.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for any attack and the fate of the militants is still unclear.

Dispute addressed

The violence happened even as India and Pakistan begun a second days of talks in Islamabad to discuss restarting a second rail link between their two countries.

The talks mark the start of the second phase of "composite dialogue" between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The aim is to resolve numerous disputes including the Kashmir question.

Violence has decreased in Kashmir since a ceasefire between India and Pakistan last November.

The two nuclear neighbours have been holding peace talks since January this year.


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