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Two Indian troops killed in unrest in Kashmir

From Mukhtar Ahmad , CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • No one has claimed responsibility for attack
  • The attack comes as Kashmir has seen months of unrest

Srinagar, India (CNN) -- Militants struck in a north Kashmir town Wednesday morning, killing two Indian paramilitary troopers.

The attack Wednesday in Pattan town, an area about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the capital city Srinagar, comes as the area continues to reel from pro-independence unrest that has gone on since the summer.

A spokesman of the Indian paramilitary central reserve police force said militants fired from close range at the troopers, killing one, the other died later in a hospital.

"The area has been cordoned off for searches to nab the assailants," said Prabhakar Tripathi, the spokesman for the police force. "Militants escaped in the busy market place along with the weapons of the two troopers."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kashmir has been mired in pro-independence unrest since June this year. Attacks have left 108 people dead during the unrest. Hundreds others have been wounded in the unrest.