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Islamic rebels stage blistering revenge attacks in Kashmir, 15 die

Fifteen people, including a rebel on a suicide mission, were killed and 25 others injured in Indian Kashmir as militants vowing revenge for the slaying of a commander attacked Indian troops in waves, officials said. The strikes coincided with claims by the authorities that Kashmir’s Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla force had linked up with rebels of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, which lost its chief commander, Gazi Baba, in a weekend firefight with Indian forces. The bloodletting that has left 35 people dead since Sunday comes despite beefed-up security prompted by radio intercepts that Islamic militants were planning to launch retaliatory assaults. A spokesman for the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) said one of two militants was shot dead after trying early Tuesday to storm a fortified base in the Ishber locality of Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital. Full Story

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