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Kashmir Dairy Blast, Gunfights Kill 23

At least 23 people, including six villagers, were killed in Indian Kashmir on Tuesday in a bomb attack on a crowded cattle-milking yard and in separate gunbattles between security forces and suspected Muslim rebels. The surge in violence comes just a few days after Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee urged talks with Pakistan and with separatists to end the bloodshed in Kashmir, a scenic Himalayan valley claimed by both nuclear-armed neighbors. India says more than 38,000 people have died in the revolt against New Delhi’s rule in its only Muslim-majority state, although separatists put the toll closer to 85,000. A homemade bomb planted by suspected Islamic separatists went off early in the morning as villagers at Tral, south of the summer capital, Srinagar, crowded into a communal yard to milk their cattle, police said. Six people were killed and another 13 were injured, many seriously. “It was an improvised explosive device planted near a field and was probably meant to target security forces,” a police spokesman told Reuters. Full Story

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