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Eleven dead after Kashmir blast
Indian army recruits in Kashmir
Violence in Kashmir has abated since talks began on its future
At least 11 people have been killed in a landmine explosion triggered by suspected Islamic militants in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The men, including nine soldiers, were travelling in a jeep when it ran over the mine in a village in the southern district of Pulwama.

A militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen, said it had carried out the attack.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently ordered a reduction in the Indian military presence in Kashmir.

He said there had been a reduction in violence in the disputed territory.

Beyond recognition

India and Pakistan have begun talks aimed at resolving their long-standing dispute over Kashmir.

Officials of the two countries are scheduled to hold another round of talks later this month.

The victims of Sunday's attack included the driver and another civilian accompanying the soldiers.

Police said the force of the blast had left many of the bodies unrecognisable.

People living in villages near the site of the explosion have fled their homes for fear of retaliation by the Indian troops.

On Saturday, five policemen and two rebels died in a gun battle on after the guerrillas entered a police camp in Sopore, in northern Kashmir.


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