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At Least 10 Dead in Kashmir Violence - 2002-10-02


At least ten people have been killed in three attacks by suspected separatist militants in Indian Kashmir. Wednesday's violence comes just one day after 15 people were killed by suspected militants, during the third round of state assembly elections in Kashmir.

In one incident Wednesday, a powerful bomb ripped through a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a religious shrine at Katra, near Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir State.

Five paramilitary soldiers in Indias Border Security Force died when their vehicle hit a land mine, about 40 kilometers south of Srinagar, the summer capital of state.

Also Wednesday, suspected militants killed three political activists from the governing National Conference Party in Haihama, about 65 kilometers north of Srinagar.

Wednesdays violence comes on a national holiday, marking the birth of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, who was assassinated shortly after the partition of India and Pakistan.

The violence follows attacks by suspected separatists, Tuesday, during a third round of voting in state elections. Militants say they will kill anyone taking part in the elections.

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