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Militant attack in Kashmir kills 4 policemen

By Mukhtar Ahmad, For CNN
updated 3:36 PM EDT, Fri April 26, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police were called to a village to investigate suspicious activity, authorities say
  • They were fired upon as they got out of their vehicle, the superintendent of police says
  • No group has yet claimed responsibility

Srinagar, Kashmir (CNN) -- Four policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Indian-administered Kashmir Friday afternoon, police said.

Late in the afternoon, police said, villagers informed local authorities about some suspicious movement in the village of Hygam, 55 kilometers north of the capital, Srinagar.

"Thereupon, a police party was dispatched to the village," said Imtiyaz Ahmad, superintendent of police in Sopore, a major town near Hygam. As soon as the police officers got out of their vehicle they were fired upon by terrorists using automatic weapons, he said, and all four died "on the spot."

This is the third major militant attack in nearly two months in Kashmir. Last month seven Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed in two militant ambushes.

Police recently arrested a top commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group in Sopore and killed another militant.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Friday's attack.

Muslim-majority Kashmir has been in the grip of separatist violence for more than 20 years. The fighting has claimed over 43,000 lives according to the government's count and double that according to various rights groups and non-governmental organizations.

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