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Gunbattle Delays Hindu pilgrims
on 2001/7/6 23:46:02 ( 719 reads )


Source: BBC





JAMMU, KASHMIR, July 6, 2001: The authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say a gunbattle between militants and security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has delayed a convoy of Hindu pilgrims going to Amarnath. At least three Indian security personnel and a militant were killed. A pro-Pakistani group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, said it was involved in the clash. Some 4,000 pilgrims later left Jammu for Pahalgam in Indian-adminstered Kashmir in a convoy of 200 trucks. Pahalgam is the base-camp for the Amarnath pilgrimage. Heavy security is in place for the pilgrimage. In other incidents, ten militants and two Indian security personnel have been killed in Indian-adminstered Kashmir since Thursday night




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