Suspected separatist rebels have shot dead three members of India’s governing Hindu nationalist party in Indian-administered Kashmir, two days after New Delhi enacted new land laws.
The attackers fired at a car the three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members were using in the southern Kashmir Valley’s Kulgam district.
The three were taken to a hospital, where they died.
Police said it was a terror attack.
The BJP says they were members of the party’s youth wing and one was the general secretary of the wing’s Kulgam unit.
Government forces have launched a search for the gunmen but officials d
id not immediately reveal other details and no rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989.
Most Kashmiri Muslims want the territory to be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.