South Asia

Four killed in shooting at Indian military station

Four army personnel were killed in a shooting incident at a military base in the Indian border state of Punjab early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that a search for the shooters was in progress.

An unknown number of shooters, opened fire in the Bathinda Military Station, had fled the scene and had ammunition on them, a defense source told Reuters, declining to be named citing the sensitivity of the matter. The incident was “not a terror attack,” and took place in a canteen, a senior police official in Punjab, S.P.S. Parmar told Reuters.

The military said in a statement that the area was quickly cordoned off and search operations “are in progress.” The incident took place at 4:35 am local time on Wednesday.

Police cars could be seen pulling out of the station, which was surrounded by police barriers, later on Wednesday morning.

The military station, about 280 km northwest of New Delhi, houses mostly families of soldiers and is a residential army base.