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Saturday, 5 October, 2002, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Kashmir election violence continues
Indian soldier
Indian troops have suffered casualties

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say six Indian soldiers are among a dozen people killed in separate incidents of violence in the last 24 hours.

Four paramilitary border guards died when a landmine exploded in the frontier district of Kupwara.

Polling booth in Kashmir
Voting has taken place in stages
The explosion took place outside a school in the village of Sogam, where paramilitary troops called in for policing the polls in Lolab constituency on Tuesday were housed.

Elections in Lolab had to be suspended after the killing of the state's law minister, Mushtaq Lone, who was the governing party's candidate from the constituency.

A leading militant group, the Hizbul Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Shoot-out

In another incident, a fierce fire fight broke out at the village of Dangiwacha in Baramullah district on late on Friday.

Police say three militants and one Indian soldier were killed.

Another Indian soldier was killed in a separate clash with three militants in the district of Doda.

And another two militants were killed in separate clashes elsewhere in the same district, while an Indian soldier died in a shoot-out with militants.

Srinagar arrests

India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) says it has arrested seven militants from the Hizbul Mujahideen in a raid in the old quarter of Srinagar.

A BSF spokesman said the detained militants, including a commander, planned to step up violence and target pro-India political activists who participated in recent elections to the state's law-making assembly.

He says they have confessed to their involvement in a large number of violent incidents, including the killing of two policemen.

The BSF also recovered a huge quantity of arms and explosives in the operation.

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