Suspected Islamic rebels killed a former lawmaker as gunbattles and other violence escalated across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, leaving 20 people dead and 37 wounded, police said. India and Pakistani troops also traded artillery fire along the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the two nations, but no casualties were reported, a police official said. The former lawmaker, Kuka Parrey, 48, died when attackers lobbed grenades and fired at him, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. Four others also died and 20 were wounded in that attack. Until 1994, Parrey was a top leader of the Ikhwan-ul Muslimeen militant group. But he later switched sides and was aiding government forces fighting the separatist rebels here. Full Story
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