SRINAGAR - Five members of the Indian security forces were killed in a suicide attack on an army artillery camp in northern Kashmir early on Friday as militants step up violence in the disputed region near the border with Pakistan, officials said.
The latest attack took place in Kashmir's Uri sector near the militarized border. Kashmiris are voting for a new state assembly in large numbers, officials said, and the attack came just days before voting in the staggered election is due to be held in that sector.
Abdul Ghani Mir, a state police officer, said five police and soldiers were killed. Three attackers were also killed, he said, but it was not yet known if more were involved.
"We have cordoned off the area, the national highway near Uri has been closed," Mir said.
Soldiers killed six militants earlier this week in nearby Kupwara as they crossed over from Pakistan, which the army said was part of a push by militants to disrupt the vote.