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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 March, 2003, 15:34 GMT
Pakistan accused over Kashmir killings
Indians protest against Pakistan in Delhi after the massacre
Ruling BJP members make it clear they think Pakistan is to blame
India has renewed its criticism of Pakistan following the massacre of 24 Hindu villagers in Indian-administered Kashmir.

A spokesman for India's foreign ministry said Pakistan's involvement in Monday's murders was "all too clear".

Pakistan has condemned the killings as a "blatant act of terrorism".

The Indian foreign ministry statement came after both nations announced they had carried out test-firings of nuclear-capable missiles on Wednesday.

It also followed a bomb blast in Indian-administered Kashmir's winter capital, Jammu, that left one person dead and six injured.

The pattern... of these acts of terror are all too familiar and the culpability of Pakistan is all too clear
Navtej Sarna, Indian foreign ministry spokesman

Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Tuesday stopped short of directly blaming Pakistan for Monday's massacre, but said: "Things will improve once [Pakistan] stops training and sending militants from across the border into the state."

However, on Wednesday Indian foreign ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said: "The pattern, methodology and the nature of targets of these acts of terror are all too familiar and therefore the culpability of Pakistan is all too clear."

He said India was "determined to face this challenge with strength, determination and resolve".

Tanker blast

Gunmen dressed in army uniforms had entered Nadimarg village near Shopian - about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the summer capital, Srinagar, in the early hours of Monday.

They snatched police weapons and shot 11 men, 11 women and two children.

Burned-out tanker in Jammu
The tanker that exploded in Jammu on Wednesday killed the driver

Border district

In Wednesday's explosion in Jammu, police said a bomb had been placed inside a fuel tanker.

The driver was killed instantly.

A major disaster was only averted because the truck had not entered a nearby oil depot, police said.

The fuel tanker had come from the border district of Poonch - an area where militants are known to operate.

The Nadimarg village killings have dealt a blow to government plans for the return of some of the 100,000 Kashmiri Hindus, known as Pandits, who left the region 13 years ago following the outbreak of violence.

About 10,000 Kashmiri Hindus are said to be still left in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley.

Delhi has long accused Islamabad of supporting the Islamic militants who have been battling since 1989 for Kashmir's independence.

Pakistan insists it only supports the moral cause of the "freedom movement" but does not provide funding or weapons.

Tens of thousands have died in the violence.


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