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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 05:49 GMT 06:49 UK
Leading Kashmir militant killed
Security officials in Indian-administered Kashmir say their forces have shot dead a leading Islamic militant on the outskirts of Srinagar.

They say Saif-ul-Islam, chief commander of the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen was shot dead in a gun-battle with Indian paramilitary troops at Pohru as they escorted him to recover hidden arms.

He was the second in command to the organisation's supreme commander, Syed Salahuddin.

Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the biggest militant groups operating in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Elsewhere in the region the authorities say at least 16 people were wounded in a grenade explosion at Shopian, in the southern district of Pulwama.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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