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14 Dead in Indian Militant Clash

October 24, 1999

SRINAGAR, India (AP) _ Fighting between government soldiers and separatist militants in India’s northern Kashmir state left at least 14 combatants dead, the military said Saturday.

Soldiers fought a gunbattle with rebels hiding in a cluster of houses in Ganderbal, 35 kilometers northeast of the state capital of Srinagar, and killed seven militants Saturday, the military said in a statement. Residents said several houses were damaged in the fighting.

In a separate incident late Friday, militants triggered a land mine in Anantnag, 42 miles south of Srinagar, killing three paramilitary soldiers and injuring four.

In Kupwara, 56 miles north of Srinagar, four militants were killed in fighting with soldiers, the military said.

At least seven people were injured Saturday when an explosion rocked a crowded market in Jammu, Kashmir’s winter capital. Police said an explosive was hidden in an abandoned plastic bag near a large Hindu temple.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but police said they suspected Kashmiri rebels.

Dozens of separatist groups are fighting to separate Kashmir from India. More than 25,000 people have been killed since the insurrection began in 1989.

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