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Eleven die and four missing in ambush of Kashmir police post by separatists

At least nine policemen and two civilians were killed when Islamist guerrillas ambushed a remote police post in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. It was one of the bloodiest assaults in the Indian-controlled region for months. A surge of violence in Kashmir is aggravating the enmity between India and Pakistan while the international community is preoccupied with Iraq. The two nuclear-armed neighbours came close to war last summer. Artillery shells and angry rhetoric have been flying over the disputed frontier. And the death toll has been steadily rising. The ambush happened near Gool, 40 miles north of Jammu, in the early hours. Indian police say that the militants first killed the guards on duty outside the police post, then burst in and opened fire on a group of some 25 police officers inside. Eleven people were killed in the ensuing bloodbath, which destroyed the post; another four police officers were reported missing last night. Full Story

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