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Rebels Kill Kashmiri Lawmaker’s Brother

June 15, 2004

SRINAGAR, India (AP) _ Suspected rebels attacked the home of a Kashmiri lawmaker Tuesday, killing his brother and wounding another relative in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Unidentified assailants shot and killed Mohammad Rajab, brother of Congress party lawmaker Abdul Rashid Dar, in the village of Dangerpora, a police officer said on customary condition of anonymity.

The rebels also shot and wounded his cousin.

The lawmaker was not at home at the time of the attack, the officer said.

Dangerpora is 35 miles north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s Jammu-Kashmir state.

Dozens of separatist militant groups are fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. More than 65,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 1989.

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