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India Deploys More Troops to Hunt Kashmir Killers

India has rushed hundreds more troops to the remote mountains of Kashmir, where Muslim separatists blamed for killing at least 34 Hindus are believed to be hiding.

The deployment came as Hindus protested the killings by observing a general strike in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region.

The 34 Hindus were killed in two attacks late Sunday and Monday in the rugged Doda district bordering Pakistan and in Udhampur district, northeast of Jammu.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came before a planned Wednesday meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and moderate Kashmiri leaders.

Pakistan has condemned the killings as acts of terrorism and said they will not have any impact on the peace process between the two neighbors. The foreign ministry spokeswoman also said Pakistan welcomes the talks between Mr. Singh and Kashmiri leaders.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.