Rebels fighting against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir have attacked a paramilitary post, killing three soldiers and wounding two others.
Indian paramilitary spokesman Pankaj Singh says at least two militants on a motorbike opened fire at the post in the northwestern Sopore area on Saturday evening.
Singh said three soldiers were killed on the spot and two others were wounded in the attack.
The rebels fled after spraying bullets at the post, Singh said.
Counterinsurgency police and soldiers launched search operations in the area in a bid to track down the attackers.
No rebel group immediately claimed responsibility.
Despite a stringent lockdown by authorities to combat the coronavirus, India has continued its counterinsurgency operations across Kashmir.
Militants also have not ceased their attacks on government forces and alleged government informants.
Saturday's attack also comes amid near daily fighting between Pakistani and Indian soldiers along the highly militarised frontier that divides Kashmir between the two rivals.
Australian Associated Press