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Ten die in fresh Kashmir violence
Line of control
The rebels were killed near the Line of Control
At least 10 people have been killed in fresh separatist violence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Indian army said it had killed six suspected militants near the Line of Control which divides the territory between India and Pakistan.

In the northern town of Pattan, suspected militants shot dead a local official and three guards, police say.

India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir. The issue is the biggest hurdle in current peace talks.


The Indian army said on Monday that troops had killed 90 suspected militants since the launch of a cross-Kashmir bus service in early April.

In the latest violence, army spokesman Lt Col DK Badola said that the six men had crossed into Indian-controlled territory in the mountainous Poonch district from Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

"They were challenged to halt but instead they started indiscriminate fire on our soldiers.

"Our troops retaliated killing all the six infiltrators on the spot," he said.

Assault rifles, ammunition and explosives were recovered from their bodies, reports say.

Official killed

In a separate incident, suspected militants killed Mohammad Ramzan Miyan who headed the local municipal council in Pattan.

Police said he was attacked when he was inspecting the town's main market.

He had been elected to his post in February in municipal elections held across Indian-administered Kashmir.

Militants, who had opposed the polls, have warned members of local bodies to resign from their posts.

On Monday, a nephew of Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died after being attacked by suspected militants the previous day.

Bus service

The violence comes as preparations are under way for Thursday, when the next buses will run between Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The landmark cross-Kashmir bus service was launched last month as part of a major peace initiative between India and Pakistan.

It was the first service across the Line of Control in more than half a century.

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