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Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 16:18 GMT
Kashmir groups condemn attack
All-Party Hurriyat Conference leaders
The main separatist alliance has condemned the attack
Separatist groups in Indian-administered Kashmir have condemned the attack by gunmen on the Indian parliament.

They have also dismissed suggestions that militants groups are responsible.

We are against the killing of innocents anywhere in the world

Abdul Ghani Bhat of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference
"The attack on the Indian parliament building is shocking," said Yasin Malik of the main separatist alliance, the All-Party Hurriyat Conference

He called for an outside enquiry into the incident "so the real culprits are brought to book."

The chairman of the alliance, Abdul Ghani Bhat, dismissed allegations that Kashmiri militants were responsible.

Calls for probe

He said it was intriguing that the Indian authorities had talked of a likely attack on parliament and yet done nothing to prevent it.

He has also demanded an international probe into the incident.

Indian commando
India has faced a decade-long insurgency
Prominent militant groups like Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamiatul Mujahideen and Al-Umar have said the attack on India's parliament is the handiwork of Indian agencies who, they say, are out to malign the struggle for freedom in Kashmir.

"This is clearly the game plan of Indian agencies to malign the genuine movement of Kashmiris," Jamiat spokesman Jameel Ahmed was quoted as saying.

He said that by doing so, India hoped to gain the sympathy of the international community.

'Freedom struggle'

The BBC's Altaf Hussein in Srinagar says the attack came at a time when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had been exhorting the international community to make a distinction between a freedom struggle and terrorism.

Mr Musharraf says freedom fighters attack military targets, while those who target civilians are terrorists.

Militant groups in Kashmir launched an insurgency against Indian forces in 1989.

The territory is claimed by both India and Pakistan, who have fought two wars over it.

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