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Policemen killed in Kashmir attack

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JAMMU, Kashmir -- Six policemen were killed and one civilian injured when suspected guerrillas attacked a police station in India's troubled Jammu and Kashmir state on Thursday.

Police said the gun battle between the police and the guerrillas lasted for 90 minutes. The militants also lobbed grenades at the police station before they fled.

The attack was the latest in escalating violence in the insurgency-plagued Himalayan region since last month's fruitless summit between India and Pakistan.

"The militants were in battle uniform and attacked a police station around midnight when there was no electricity in the area," Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rajouri-Poonch range, S.S. Bijral told Reuters.

The attack took place in Poonch, the border town, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Jammu. It is the winter capital of the restive state.

Police said the number of militants involved in the attack was not clear yet as it was dark and the station was fired at from different directions. Bijral said earlier that police suspected six rebels were involved in the attack.

No rebel group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sixteen people wounded when rebels threw a grenade at a security patrol in southern Kashmir as soldiers were searching a bus.

Four Hindu shepherds were killed in two separate attacks by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday night in Doda district, which lies east of Jammu.

India blames Pakistan for backing the rebels fighting New Delhi's rule for nearly 12 years now. Pakistan denies the accusation and says it only provides moral and diplomatic support to the separatists.

Authorities say more than 30,000 people have been killed in the bloody rebellion. Separatists put the toll closer to 80,000.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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