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Militants Kill 6 in Kashmir

February 10, 2000

PATTAN, India (AP) _ Gunmen burst into two homes in a village in India’s northern Kashmir state and opened fire, killing six people, and wounding three others, police said.

Meanwhile, an explosion Thursday on a train in troubled Jammu-Kashmir state killed at least two people and wounded four others, police said.

The blast occurred in an air-conditioned coach of the Sealdah Express shortly after the train left Jammu, the summer capital of the state, for the eastern city of Calcutta. Press Trust of India said seven coaches were derailed near Bijaypur, 20 miles south of Jammu. The cause of the explosion was not immediately identified.

Among those killed by the gunmen in the village of Pattan were two women who worked as special police officers in the Kashmiri administration. Villagers said their work with the government may have invited retaliation from militants fighting to separate Kashmir from India.

Pattan lies 20 miles north of Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.

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