Three civilian workers were killed yesterday when unidentified militants attacked a military road construction camp in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army said. A spokesman said the army had launched a search for the attackers, who fled after firing at the General Reserve Engineering Force camp near the international border with Pakistan while the workers were sleeping.
The area has been relatively calm in recent weeks following an upsurge in cross-border firing after a deadly attack on an Indian army base in September that New Delhi blamed on militants from Pakistan. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, which tracks violence, 267 people were killed in Jammu and Kashmir State last year, the highest death toll since 2010. - AFP, Srinagar