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Nine killed as poll violence hits restive Indian regions

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nine police and poll officials were killed in India in two attacks on Thursday, one in a region hit by a Maoist insurgency and the other in Kashmir, the mainly-Muslim region where many voters are boycotting a general election. Eight police and election officials were killed when assailants - that police suspect were left-wing rebels - blew up a bus they were travelling on in Dumka, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police spokesman Anurag Gupta said. Five of the dead were police. Five others were wounded.

Nine killed as poll violence hits restive Indian regions

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nine police and poll officials were killed in India in two attacks on Thursday, one in a region hit by a Maoist insurgency and the other in Kashmir, the mainly-Muslim region where many voters are boycotting a general election. Eight police and election officials were killed when assailants - that police suspect were left-wing rebels - blew up a bus they were travelling on in Dumka, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police spokesman Anurag Gupta said. Five of the dead were police. Five others were wounded.

Pakistan envoy 'encouraged' by Modi's remarks on India relations

Pakistan said Wednesday it was "encouraged" by comments from arch rival India's election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister. Hindu nationalist hardliner Modi and his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party are expected to vault to power at mammoth elections underway in India after a decade of centre-left Congress party rule. Critics fear Modi will adopt a tough foreign policy that could see relations deteriorate with traditional rival Pakistan and neighbouring emerging market giant China.

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 before voting

Militants have killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir in attacks aimed at intimidating Kashmiris planning to vote in the country's election this week, police said Tuesday. The militants targeted two village council heads in separate attacks late Monday in Pulwana district south of the main city of Srinagar, a senior 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 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.

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.

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.
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