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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 19:30 GMT
'Twenty dead' in Kashmir violence

The authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say at least 11 militants have been killed in the latest violence in the troubled territory.

Police say six members of the Al-Badr militant group were killed after a 30-hour long gunbattle with security forces in Baramullah town about 55 kilometres from Srinagar.

One policeman was killed while five other security personnel were injured. Local reports also say police used the passengers on a passing lorry as a human shield, and one of them was killed in the shooting and another injured.

A police spokesman denied the allegation.

In a separate incident, the authorities say three militants from the group, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Kupwara district.

A spokesman for the militant group said six soldiers were also killed in the shoot-out.

Police say two militants have been shot dead in separate clashes in Kupwara and Anantnag districts, and one civilian was killed in a clash between troops and militants in the Kulgam area in southern Kashmir.

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