Seven people including five policemen were killed Monday when suspected militants attacked a bank van carrying cash in India's disputed Kashmir region, police said.
"All the seven in the van, five policemen and two bank employees, were killed," director general of police S. P. Vaid told AFP.
The van was returning to a bank in the village of Pumbai in Kulgam district, around 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, when it came under fire, Vaid said.
Another police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that the attackers made off with cash and weapons.
Last week police said they foiled a bank raid in the southern district of Anantnag by two men who opened fire on paramilitary guards.
One of the attackers was arrested while another managed to escape.
Kashmiris have been seething with anger since April 9 when eight people were killed by government troops during clashes on a polling day for India's parliament seat.
The dispute about Kashmir, one of the oldest on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council, along with Palestine, erupted between India and Pakistan in 1947. Since then, more than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed during clashes.
India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which each claims in full but rules only a part.
India accuses Pakistan of backing separatist fighters - a charge Islamabad denies. There have been a spate of protests since the killing by security services of separatist leader Burhan Wani.
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