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Last Updated: Monday, 27 October, 2003, 14:13 GMT
'Top militant' killed in Kashmir
Indian troops
Indian forces shot Saifur Rehman dead on Sunday, police say
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have killed a leading member of the main militant group fighting Indian rule.

Saifur Rehman Bajwa, chief of operations for Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in a gun battle in the summer capital, Srinagar, police said.

He had been active in the disputed state for the past 11 years, inspector general of police, K Rajindra, said.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.

Strike

Earlier in the day, authorities in the disputed state said at least five people had been killed and four others injured when Indian soldiers repulsed an attack by Muslim militants on a bridge over the river Chenab.

Two Indian soldiers were among those killed.

In another incident, railway traffic to and from the winter capital, Jammu, was severely disrupted following an overnight bomb attack on the Delhi-bound Shalimar Express.

Several carriages of the train were derailed near Jatowal, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Jammu. There were no casualties.

A general strike was being observed on Monday in the Kashmir Valley to mark 56 years since the arrival of the first Indian soldiers.





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