Eight soldiers were killed and six injured in a rebel attack against an army convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, according to a Reuters report.
Militants attacked the convoy of nearly three dozen members of the Rashtriya Rifles, an elite Indian Army counterinsurgency force, making their way toward south Kashmir, according to the Times of India. The militants ambushed the soldiers along a highway near the outskirts of Srinagar at around 4:30pm.
Militant group Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack. The militants allegedly opened fire and lobbed a grenade at the soldiers before fleeing the scene. The attack came on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to the state to inaugurate a rail link connecting it with the northern state of Jammu.