Officials in Indian Kashmir say two paramilitary soldiers and one suspected rebel were killed after a convoy of paramilitary troops was ambushed in the troubled region.

Police Director-General K. Rajendra said at least eight soldiers were wounded in the attack that took place Wednesday morning.

Another senior police officer Danish Rana said militants hid in maize fields and sprayed bullets at a Border Security Force convoy near Udhampur, a garrison town on the main highway connecting the disputed territory with the rest of India.

Police said the gunbattle was ongoing and that no other details were immediately available.

Violence in the region has escalated in recent weeks, with regular skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani troops stationed along the heavily militarized frontier.