Three Indian soldiers killed in IHK

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Suspected militants killed three Indian soldiers after they attacked a convoy in India-held Kashmir (IHK), officials said on Saturday.

An unknown number of people on motorbikes opened fire on the army convoy near Pampore town on the key highway a few miles south of Srinagar, the region’s main city, officials said.

“Motorcycle-borne militants ambushed an army convoy. There have been casualties but details are being ascertained,” K Rajendra Kumar, police chief of the Kashmir region told AFP.

An Indian army official on condition of anonymity told AFP that “three soldiers were killed in the attack”.

The gunmen fled the scene and a major search operation to track down the attackers had been launched, the source said.

Thousands of vehicles including army convoys pass daily through the crucial 300-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar highway — the only road link to the Himalayan valley.

Last month suspected militants killed seven soldiers after they attacked a military base along the highway.