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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 09:09 GMT 10:09 UK
Kashmir shooting leaves five dead
Militants have shot dead five Hindu labourers working on a remote mountain road in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

Four labourers were reportedly hurt in the attack, which took place late on Thursday night in Rajouri district, some 150km from the city of Jammu.

Hindus are often targeted by militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir.

A BBC correspondent says the attack comes amid a recent lull in violence.

Coalition partners in the state government have been discussing a cut in the number of Indian troops deployed in the region.

The district of Rajouri, bordering Pakistan, is regarded as a hotbed of militant activity.

India accuses Pakistan of recruiting and arming the militants, a charge Pakistan denies.

The two countries have twice gone to war over the divided region of Kashmir.

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