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Search on for Kashmir killers

The leader of Indian-administered Kashmir has ordered a massive manhunt after 24 Hindus were shot dead by suspected militants. Police said unidentified gunmen shot members of the state’s minority Hindu community – many of them women and children – near the southern town of Shopian. It is the worst such attack since a new government was elected in Indian-administered Kashmir last September. Many people had hoped the vote, which was largely peaceful, would ease tensions in the region over the disputed state. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed described it as an act of frustration. “The enemy within and across the border is committing such inhuman and senseless acts out of frustration to derail the peace process.” Senior Indian cabinet ministers held an emergency meeting to review the situation after which they decided to send Deputy Premier LK Advani to Kashmir. Pakistan has condemned the attack, calling it “a blatant act of terrorism”. The American Ambassador in India Robert Blackwill also condemned the attack. He said the United States looked “forward to the terrorists being brought swiftly to justice.” Full Story

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