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Militants Kill 24 Hindus in Kashmir Village

Suspected Muslim militants, disguised in army uniforms, shot dead 24 Hindus in a remote village in Indian Kashmir after ordering them to line up outside their homes, police said on Monday. Eleven men, 11 women, and two young girls, one aged four and the other two, were killed. Analysts said the overnight attack in Nadi Marg village appeared to be aimed at undermining peace efforts in the region, and driving Hindus out of the predominantly Muslim Kashmir Valley, the heartland of a separatist revolt against Indian rule. It was also expected to raise tension with Pakistan, accused by Hindu-majority India of encouraging the revolt. Pakistan, an Islamic nation, denies the charge but their dispute over Kashmir brought the nuclear-armed rivals close to war last year. Villagers who survived the attack spoke of killings of more-than-usual ruthlessness, even for a region where at least 38,000 have been killed since the revolt began in 1989. “There was a knock on the door. These people said ‘we are security forces and want to search houses for militants’,” said 22-year-old Deepak Kumar, who hid inside his house. Full Story

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