SRINAGAR: At least three soldiers were killed and seven others were injured in an attack in the Indian-administered Kashmir region on Monday, ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Indian army said.
Indian army spokesman Colonel Brijesh Pandey said that the soldiers were attacked when militants opened fire on their convoy on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar.
“We have received 10 casualties from the attack site at the military hospital, three of them were fatal,” he said.
The attack came amid a high state of alert which had been imposed ahead of Singh’s arrival on Tuesday for a two-day visit to the territory, his first since June 2010.
Security officials had earlier said that police and paramilitary forces were being deployed in strength across the region and additional check points had been erected along major highways.
“A high alert is there. We do face a threat from the militants,” police chief Abdul Gani Mir said.