Militants attack Indian army brigade HQ in Kashmir, nine dead: sources

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Posted: Sep 18, 2016 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor border with Pakistan on Sunday, sources said, killing at least nine soldiers in the most serious such attack in the northern region of Kashmir since 2014.

Indian army sources said between four and six "fidayeen" - or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death - were believed to have penetrated the brigade headquarters in Uri near the Line of Control with Pakistan.

The encounter was continuing, with the army deploying helicopters to evacuate 20 soldiers who had been injured in the dawn attack, the sources said, adding that the toll may rise. The army made no official comment.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of Twitter posts that he had spoken to the region's political and military leadership and senior officials were monitoring the situation. He canceled planned trips to Russia and the United States.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Robert Birsel)