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Last Updated: Monday, 17 March, 2003, 17:50 GMT
Eleven die in Kashmir clashes
Indian soldiers in Kashmir
There have been a spate of attacks in Kashmir
At least eight militants and three others were killed in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, police say.

Six militants were killed in Doda district, and two others in the southern district of Anantnag, after gun battles with security forces.

Elsewhere in the disputed state, a policeman, an alleged informer and a civilian all lost their lives.

The violence comes just a day after 11 policemen and two civilians were killed in an attack on a police post in the state's Jammu region.

The BBC's Jill McGivering in Delhi says Sunday's attack was one of the worst yet in what appears to be a renewed spate of violence in Kashmir.

On Friday, at least seven people - including three police officers - died during a siege at a hotel in the town of Poonch.

Talks

Separatist militants based in Pakistani-administered Kashmir - the Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen - have said they carried out Sunday's attack in conjunction with two other groups.

Police were ambushed shortly before midnight on Saturday near Gool, in the disputed region's Udhampur district, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the winter capital, Jammu.

Armed men first killed guards on duty, then opened fire on police officers inside the post.

A gun battle lasted for about an hour before the attackers escaped, taking with them guns and ammunition.

A number of policemen were reported wounded during the assault. On Monday, police in Jammu said the bodies of two officers missing after the attack had been found, taking the police toll to 11 dead.

Two other policemen returned safely.

Discussions

The region has been rocked by separatist violence since 1989.

On Saturday, delegates from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference - a grouping of about two dozen separatist parties - held talks with India's opposition leader, Sonia Gandhi, on ways to resolve the dispute.

The discussion in Delhi marked the first high-level meeting between separatists and a prominent politician for several months.

Correspondents say the separatists were unhappy about what they see as a lack of progress by India's ruling party - the Hindu nationalist BJP - in the dispute over Kashmir.

The alliance wants the future of the disputed region to be settled in three-way talks involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris.

But Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani said on Sunday that while the government was willing to talk to the separatists, it would not accept three-way talks involving Pakistan.




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