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India Honors Mumbai Dead on Republic Day

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India has honored security officers killed during last year's Mumbai attacks as it celebrated its 60th Republic Day.

Families of the six officers received India's highest peacetime medals from President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi Monday. The officers were killed during the terrorist attacks which left more than 170 people dead in November.

India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group, who say they are fighting to liberate Muslims in Kashmir.

A military parade was also held to showcase troops, weaponry and aircraft.

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated the people of India on the occasion. A White House statement said that together, the United States and India can celebrate their shared belief in democracy, liberty, pluralism, and religious tolerance.

Mr. Obama also wished Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a quick recovery following heart surgery on Saturday.

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