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India: Islamic Militants May Attack More Temples - 2002-12-01


India's prime minister says the government has information Islamic militants may be targeting more Hindu temples, a week after a deadly attack on two temples in Indian Kashmir.

Atal Behari Vajpayee -- as quoted by the Press Trust of India -- made that warning on Sunday while addressing a rally in the northern city of Solan.

The prime minister also accused neighboring Pakistan of trying to destabilize India's economy through terrorism. He says Pakistani officials are disturbed by India's progress and economic development. But Mr. Vajpayee says India will not be frightened and will win the war against terrorism.

Last Sunday's attack on a Kashmiri Hindu temple complex by Islamic militants left at least 13 people dead.

New Delhi blamed the Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attacks and accused Islamabad of arming and funding the Pakistan-based group. Pakistan denied the charge and condemned all attacks against civilians.

The U-S State Department has designated Lashkar-e-Taiba a foreign terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, at least eight people died and 20 were injured in a wave of violence across Indian Kashmir Saturday. Most of the dead were suspected Islamic militants killed by Indian troops.

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