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Sikh Militants Kill 8 in Attacks

June 12, 1987

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Sikh extremists killed eight people, including four paramilitary soldiers, in separate attacks in Punjab state, the United News of India reported Friday.

Sikh militants shot and killed a paramilitary soldier and injured three others in Manawala village in Amritsar district Friday, the news agency said. In the largest attack, Sikh terrorists ambushed a jeep carrying seven paramilitary soldiers late Thursday near the town of Moga, 200 miles northwest of New Delhi, the news agency said.

Three men were killed and four others injured in the attack. It was the second time this month that Sikh militants have attacked a police patrol.

On June 3, three soldiers were slain in an attack near the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.

Four civilians were killed in four separate attacks in Punjab, United News of India said.

Sikh militants seek a separate nation or greater autonomy.

At least 395 people have been killed so far this year in Punjab, India’s breadbasket and home of the Sikh sect. More than 700 people were slain last year in Punjab.

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