Suspected Mujahideens killed at least eight Indian paramilitary soldiers and wounded another 20 in a highway ambush Saturday that was one of the year’s deadliest attacks in the Indian portion of Kashmir, authorities said.
Two of the attackers were killed by soldiers who returned fire, said K.K. Sharma, a paramilitary force officer.
The ambush occurred on the outskirts of Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir.
Twenty soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force were wounded as one bus in the six-vehicle convoy came under attack by suspected rebels, said Nalin Prabhat, a senior officer of the Central Reserve Police Force.
They have been shifted to a hospital in Srinagar and the condition of three of them was stated to be critical.
The Mujahideens came in a car and fired at the convoy, Sharma said.
Police said two suspected rebels were believed to have fled the spot after spraying bullets on the Indian soldiers in the bus.
Injured Indian paramilitary soldiers are escorted by colleagues to a nearby base camp after a highway ambush by suspected Mujahideens in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, June 25, 2016.