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Renewed Violence in Indian Kashmir - 2002-11-30


Officials in Indian Kashmir say at least eight people have been killed and about 20 others injured in the latest round of violence in the troubled region.

Authorities say two people were killed when suspected militants opened fire on a crowd today (Saturday) in Srinagar, the summer capital.

In another incident, border guards say they killed at least four rebels who opened fired as they tried to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan.

Security forces say two militants were killed in a battle in the town of Sopore. Officials say they believed the rebels belonged to a Pakistan-based insurgent group (Lashkar-e-Tayyaba).

Several explosions also rocked Indian Kashmir today, with police officers and civilians among about 20 people injured in the blasts.

Muslim militants opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir have waged a campaign since 1989 to have Kashmir independent or merge with Pakistan.

Elsewhere in Kashmir, 37 people died when an overcrowded bus -- packed with more than twice its capacity -- plunged into a ravine.

Authorities say the driver lost control on a winding road near Khalani in the Doda district, and the vehicle plummeted more than 30 meters. The 25-seat bus was carrying more than 60 people.

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