Tuesday, July 20, 1999 Published at 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
World: South Asia
Militants kill 15 in Kashmir attack
Indian soldiers display arms captured from militants in Kashmir
Suspected militants have killed 15 people including eight women in an attack on a village in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Members of the armed village defence committee retaliated and engaged the militants for about two hours in a gunbattle," an official told AFP.
A police official said another six people were wounded, four of them seriously.
In another incident on Tuesday, four construction workers were killed in an attack on their camp in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, which borders Pakistan.
}Indian officials say expected a resurgence in separatist violence following the end of the two-month conflict along the line of control.
"The eviction of Pakistani troops has been completed in all sectors except three places where Pakistani troops are still in our territory," a defence ministry statement said.
It said the Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries had communicated over the withdrawal of remaining forces from the Muskoh Valley, Drass and Batalik sections.
But he warned that it would be impossible to fully monitor the entire length of the Line of Control even after all the forces had left.
It has been suggested that India could incur daily expenses of $2.3 million to keep a watch on the stretch.
Meanwhile, Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes has rejected accusations of human rights violations by the Indian army.
Reacting to reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Mr Fernandes told the BBC's HARDtalk programme: "There have been no (summary) executions by the army. If there have been any such accusations, then those accusations with documentation should have been made available to the government."
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