Armed Forces International News - January 2008

Military Camp Attack Kills Seven Indian Troops

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 02/01/2008 - 18:28:02

Suspected insurgents have carried out an attack on a paramilitary camp in the North of India, with the result that seven soldiers have been killed and at least six more injured, according to local officials.

It took place in the early hours of January 2nd at Rampur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Those behind the attack were dressed in soldiers attire, the Hindustan Times reported.

While attacks on soldiers are common in Kashmir, they are far less so in India itself. Indeed, according to one correspondent, the assault is the first of its kind to take place in Uttar Pradesh.

Attack Involved Hand Grenades and Gunfire

The militants initially launched hand grenades, resulting in the death of a rickshaw puller who was asleep close to the base's main entrance. Covered by gunfire, they then gained access to the control room and fired at will, the Hindustan Times detailed.

Islamic Insurgents Blamed for Attack

The attack has not yet been claimed by any specific group as its own. Officials, however, attribute it to Islamic insurgent organisations working in Kashmir.

Officials within the Indian military have stated that, prior to the attack, a direct warning was given that sites where paramilitary troops were based would be targeted.

The Indian media, quoting identified sources, has highlighted how Rampur's security could have been stronger.

Mayawati, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said a warning had been given to the camp of a threat, and claimed the forces had acted with "carelessness".

"When there was a terrorist threat, the paramilitary force should have been careful," she asserted.

Source - Armed Forces International's Asian Correspondent

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