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Indian soldier shoots dead five colleagues, self in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: An Indian soldier shot dead five of his colleagues before killing himself in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The incident took place on Wednesday night at a military camp about 20km (12 miles) north of the city of Srinagar.

The soldier was part of a counter-insurgency unit posted in Safapora village.                                             

Investigations are under way to determine whether the soldier was under stress.                                             

According to Indian media, the soldier, who was posted on sentry duty at the camp, entered one of the barracks at around 2 am and opened indiscriminate fire on his sleeping colleagues. 

A number of Indian soldiers and policemen deployed in the disputed state have been killed in similar incidents in the past.

Indian media said soldiers stationed in the region often complained of long working hours, in poor conditions and with inadequate leave.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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