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Suspected Separatists Attack Police, Army Bases in Kashmir

Indian police chase protesters during a strike called by separatists against the recent killings in Kashmir, Sept. 21, 2013.
Indian police chase protesters during a strike called by separatists against the recent killings in Kashmir, Sept. 21, 2013.
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Indian officials say suspected separatist rebels shot and killed at least eight people in a raid on a police station in Indian-controlled Kashmir, in attacks the local government said were aimed at derailing peace talks between India and Pakistan.

Authorities say attackers sprayed the police station in the town of Hiranagar with bullets and then hijacked a truck to make their escape. At least four of the dead were policemen.

Hiranagar is some 200 kilometers south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir.

Attackers also targeted a nearby army camp.

Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said the attacks were aimed at derailing the peace process ahead of talks between the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a statement calling the attacks "heinous" and vowing that they will not throw off track the efforts to find a resolution to the tensions between India and Pakistan.

India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting Indian rule in the area since 1989.

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