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Kashmiris wary as Modi challenges for power in India

By Douglas Busvine and Fayaz Bukhari ANANTNAG, India (Reuters) - Mohammad Amin Pandith, a smallholder and father-of-three from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was lured from his home at night by a man in army uniform, dragged along a potholed lane and shot in the back of the head. His execution, one of three deadly attacks on village elders in the last week blamed on militants determined to derail elections, spread fear through the hamlet of Gulzarpora and made locals wary of voting when polls open on Thursday.

30 local officials quit in Indian Kashmir after rebel threats

At least 30 fearful local officials have resigned in Indian Kashmir after rebels killed two colleagues and issued a warning against voting this week in the country's elections, residents said Wednesday. Hand-written notices announcing the resignations were posted in Tral area of the southern Kashmir valley where militants shot dead two officials and another man on Monday night, residents told AFP.

30 local officials quit in Indian Kashmir after rebel threats

At least 30 fearful local officials have resigned in Indian Kashmir after rebels killed two colleagues and issued a warning against voting this week in the country's elections, residents said Wednesday. Hand-written notices announcing the resignations were posted in Tral area of the southern Kashmir valley where militants shot dead two officials and another man on Monday night, residents told AFP.

Militants kill three in Indian Kashmir in vote warning

Militants killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir before issuing a warning to Kashmiris against voting this week in the country's mammoth election, police and residents said Tuesday. The militants targeted two village council heads in separate attacks late on Monday in Pulwana district south of the main city of Srinagar, a senior police officer said. "Three people including two village heads were killed by local militants active in the area and the attack is aimed to keep the voters away from polling," Inspector General of Police AG Mir said.

Militants kill three in Indian Kashmir in vote warning

Militants killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir before issuing a warning to Kashmiris against voting this week in the country's mammoth election, police and residents said Tuesday. The militants targeted two village council heads in separate attacks late on Monday in Pulwana district south of the main city of Srinagar, a senior police officer said. "Three people including two village heads were killed by local militants active in the area and the attack is aimed to keep the voters away from polling," Inspector General of Police AG Mir said.

Militants kill three before voting in India's Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Militants killed three men in India's restive Kashmir region on Monday, police said, in attacks that appeared intended to intimidate voters in a constituency that goes to the polls this week in a general election. The execution-style attacks targeted two village council heads in the Anantnag district to the south of Srinagar, with the son of one also killed.

Militants kill three before voting in India's Kashmir

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Militants killed three men in India's restive Kashmir region on Monday, police said, in attacks that appeared intended to intimidate locals who are due to vote in a general election this week. The execution-style attacks targeted two village council heads in the Anantnag district in the broad Kashmir valley to the south of Srinagar.

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.
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