Indian police officials, civilians and army personnel look on as smoke rises during an attack by militants on an army camp at Mesar in Samba district, some 20 kilometres southeast of Jammu on September 26, 2013. — Photo by AFP
SRINAGAR: Militants stormed a police station and an Indian army base in Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least nine in an attack the state’s chief minister said was aimed at derailing peace talks between India and Pakistan.
“This attack in Jammu is aimed at derailing the dialogue process,” said Omar Abdullah, chief minister of the Indian administered Kashmir.
The group of militants who attacked a police station and army camp in India administered Kashmir on Thursday had crossed the border from Pakistan the previous day, the state’s chief minister said.
Omar Abdullah told reporters that the raid appeared designed to upset plans for a meeting in New York this week between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“Given the history, timing and location, the aim is to derail the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart,” More