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India Delays Execution of Kashmiri Man After Mercy Plea

Officials in Indian Kashmir say they will delay the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted for his role in the 2001 attack on India's parliament until the president decides on his petition for clemency.

The officials said Thursday they will not hang Mohammed Afzal Friday at dawn as originally scheduled.

A judge has granted Afzal a temporary reprieve while President Abdul Kalam reviews his petition for mercy.

Elsewhere in Indian Kashmir, military officials say troops have killed four suspected Islamic militants as they tried to cross into Indian territory from the Pakistani part of the divided Himalayan region.

The officials say the suspects were killed in a fierce gunbattle Wednesday in a remote area near the military Line-of-Control that separates the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP