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ndian Army stand guard at an Army camp which was attacked by militants in Langate, Handwara, some 75 kilometers north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 06 October 2016.
Photograph: EPA/STR

Indian soldiers killed three suspected militants who attacked an army camp Thursday in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, an army officer said.

The 30 Rashtriya Rifles camp in the town of Langate was attacked by militants at dawn, commanding officer Colonel Rajeev Saha said, adding that evidence indicated that they had come from Pakistan.

The incident comes amid heightened tension between the nuclear-capable South Asian neighbours who have fought two wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

The militants, who were wearing combat uniforms, fired at three sentry points near the fencing of the camp and at some living quarters, Saha said.

The sentries were on high alert and there was an exchange of fire, however, the militants were unable to breach the camp.

"Our quick reaction team was immediately activated ... and carried out sanitization operations in which three Pakistani terrorists were eliminated," Colonel Saha said in a briefing at the camp.

All three men were carrying packs of medicines that had clear Pakistani markings on them, Saha said.

"The camp at Langate is very large, its entire sanitization is not yet complete," he said.

India has accused Pakistan of aiding militants who carry out attacks on Indian territory. Islamabad denies the charge calling Kashmiri militants freedom fighters.

This is the third attack on a military area in India-controlled Kashmir since September 18 when an attack on an army base in Uri led to the death of 19 soldiers.

India blamed the Uri attack on militants who infiltrated across the Line of Control, a de facto border that divides the Indian and Pakistani administered portions of Kashmir.

Since the attack, there have been regular exchanges of fire by Indian and Pakistan troops across the LoC and their border in the region, violating a 2003 ceasefire.

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