At least nine people have died in two separate attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir. Five members of a Muslim family, including three children, were shot dead by suspected militants in Rajouri district some 180 kilometres (112 miles) north of Jammu. In a separate incident, three militants and a policeman were killed after a gunbattle in neighbouring Poonch district. The violence comes at a time when India and Pakistan have taken steps to defuse tensions over the Kashmir dispute. On Monday, Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha was reported as saying Delhi would not press for a complete halt to cross-border infiltration by separatist militants as a precondition for talks. Full Story
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