Thousands of tourists and workers flee Kashmir after alert about attackChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 4, 2019
Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers began leaving the disputed region of Kashmir after a local government alert over possible militant attacks, and India said it killed at least five militants who were trying to attack its forces.
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A local government order effectively called off the pilgrimage, asking the pilgrims and tourists to return home.
Srinagar-based Indian defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said on Saturday that there had been a number of attempts by Pakistan-based militants to disturb peace in the Kashmir region and target the pilgrims.
Around five to seven militants were killed when they tried to attack Indian troops near an area known as the Keran sector, Kalia said, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered in the operation.
"Security forces will continue to respond to all nefarious activities," Kalia said.
A Pakistani defence spokesperson dismissed India's assertions as "mere propaganda", calling them "blatant lies". ■