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Family killed in Kashmir attack
Five members of a family have been shot dead by suspected Islamic militants in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The attack took place late on Monday night in a remote village in a mountainous part of the state.

Police say a group of militants broke into the house of a former policeman and opened fire indiscriminately.

In the past, militants have targeted members of the security forces and people they suspect of being police informers.

The dead included the policeman, Abdul Gani, his wife and daughter-in-law and his three-year-old grandson.

One person was injured in the attack.

Police say the militants escaped into a forest in the mountainous area, some 180 kilometres north-west of the winter capital, Jammu.

The security forces have launched a hunt for the killers, who they believe are separatist militants.

No militant group has come forward so far to say they were behind the attack.

Ministers escape

On Monday, three ministers in the Kashmir government survived an attack which killed three people.

Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma and two other ministers survived the blast in Anantnag district, in which more than 40 people were injured.

The al-Nasirin militant group said it was responsible for the blast - it is unclear if it was a grenade or a bomb.

Mr Sharma has faced two attempts on his life in a week - last Tuesday his convoy was attacked near Srinagar.

Militant separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir - which both Pakistan and India claim - since 1989.

Around 40,000 people have been killed since then.

But violence has decreased in Kashmir since a ceasefire between India and Pakistan last November.

The two nuclear neighbours have been holding peace talks since January this year.

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