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Indian PM met by Kashmir bloodbath on first full day in office

India’s prime minister faced crisis on his first full day in office as 28 soldiers and their relatives were killed in the deadliest landmine attack ever by Islamic rebels in Kashmir. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a 71-year-old economist, said he would stick to his left-leaning government’s pledges to find a negotiated solution to end Kashmir’s 15-year Islamic insurgency but be firm with “terrorists.” “We will continue to seek a peaceful resolution to outstanding problems (but) there can be no compromise on our solemn resolve to deal with the menace of terrorism with firm determination,” Singh said in a statement after his first cabinet meeting. Kashmir’s leading rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin said the attack was in revenge for the killings of its top commanders by Indian troops, but analysts viewed it as a test of the new government’s will. Full Story

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