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Four killed in rebel attack in Indian Kashmir

Militants Sunday killed two policemen guarding the home of a pro-India politician in Indian Kashmir in the first such attack in the restive region since national elections got underway, police said. Two rebels sprayed the home of a National Conference politician with bullets in the town of Khrew, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar. The attack sparked a gunbattle that also left both militants dead, police said.

Six die in Indian Kashmir militant strike

Three suspected rebels disguised in army uniforms hijacked a taxi in Indian Kashmir on Friday and killed three people before being shot dead by security forces, police said. The attack was the deadliest in months by suspected militants fighting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory and came just ahead of India's general elections in which Kashmiris are slated to vote. The rebels seized the shared passenger taxi early Friday morning near the international border with Pakistan in the south of the scenic territory, police said.

Saskatoon man's Hockey in the Himalayas bring Canadian game to Indian kids

SASKATOON - A group of children in northern India now have new hockey gear, thanks to a charity started by a Saskatchewan man. Andrew Wahba's Hockey in the Himalayas project was launched last year; he recently got back from delivering all the equipment. The drive collected 80 pairs of skates, 30 helmets, 80 pairs of gloves and more than 100 hockey sticks. Wahba said the kids in the Ladakh region of India, near the Himalayas, were thrilled to receive the new equipment. One boy thanked him "a thousand times" for delivering skates that were big enough for him.

Top Kashmir separatist flies to Delhi for treatment

One of Indian Kashmir's best-known separatist leaders, Sayed Ali Geelani, is battling an acute respiratory infection and has been flown to New Delhi for hospital treatment, a party spokesman said Thursday. Geelani, 84, has for years suffered from multiple health ailments including a heart condition that requires a pacemaker and serious kidney problems. The leader, who describes India's rule of disputed Kashmir as a "military occupation" and who has been a vehement campaigner for the territory's right to self-determination, fell seriously ill March 5.

Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir

Avalanches triggered by unusually heavy snowfall killed at least six people in Indian Kashmir, as flimsy buildings caved in across the Himalayan valley, police said Wednesday. The dead included two soldiers who were crushed by snow in Kargil, a mountainous area of the remote Ladakh region, while four others were killed by avalanches in the south of the state, according to Superintendent Imtiyaz Hussain.

Kashmir students in India in trouble after cheering Pakistani cricketers

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A group of Kashmiri university students who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match against India have been charged with disturbing communal harmony, police in India's Uttar Pradesh state said on Thursday. Cricket games between rivals India and Pakistan tend to be high-voltage events, played out in a charged atmosphere with millions of people watching on television.

Indian Kashmiris probed for sedition for backing Pakistan team

Some 60 students from Indian-administered Kashmir may face sedition charges for cheering Pakistan's victory over arch-rivals India in a cricket match, police said Thursday. Police were investigating the students following a complaint from university officials in the northern city of Meerut over celebrations following Pakistan's win on Sunday in an Asia Cup clash. The students, all enrolled at the Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU), have been suspended and were escorted from campus over what the vice chancellor called "unacceptable" behaviour after the match.

Indian Kashmiris probed for sedition for backing Pakistan team

Some 60 students from Indian-administered Kashmir may face sedition charges for cheering Pakistan's victory over arch-rivals India in a cricket match, police said Thursday. Police were investigating the students following a complaint from university officials in the northern city of Meerut over celebrations following Pakistan's win on Sunday in an Asia Cup clash. The students, all enrolled at the Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU), have been suspended and were escorted from campus over what the vice chancellor called "unacceptable" behaviour after the match.

Suspected militants kill two policemen in Indian Kashmir

Suspected militants killed two police outside a court in Indian Kashmir on Monday, hours after another officer was stabbed in a separate incident in the restive region, police said. "Two policemen died in the shooting by militants on a truck outside the court complex," police superintendent Tejinder Singh told AFP. The firing took place in Pulwama town, 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) south of the region's main city of Srinagar, as a group of police arrived to deliver food to colleagues on duty at the court, a police officer said.

Soldier shoots dead five colleagues, self in Indian Kashmir

A soldier in Indian Kashmir shot dead five of his colleagues in a military camp before turning the gun on himself, an army spokesman told AFP on Thursday. "The soldier ran amok, killing five others before shooting himself dead in the camp in Ganderbal district," lieutenant colonel Narinder Nahar Joshi said. The soldier was part of a counter-insurgency unit posted in Safapora village, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Srinagar, the main city of the region. Investigations are under way to determine whether the soldier was under stress.
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