Three people were killed in a suspected militant attack on a camp of Indian army’s General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) in India-held Kashmir on Monday morning, the Indian Express reported.
Two or three militants first lobbed grenades at the camp, situated in Battal village of Jourian near the Line of Control (LoC), and then opened fire, killing three civilians.
The civilians killed in the attack were labourers, the report quoted Indian Defence PRO Manish Mehta as saying.
After the firing stopped, the area was cordoned off and search operations went underway. Educational institutes in the area were closed for the day.
In November last year, seven Indian soldiers were killed when militants attacked a major army base at Nagrota near the LoC.
The rise in violence follows the September Uri attack, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, the deadliest such incident in a decade.
New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based militants and claimed to have launched what it called “surgical strikes” on militants across the heavily militarised border, sparking fury from Islamabad, which denied they took place.