March 16, 2006

Indian police say kill four militants in Gujarat

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police shot dead four
suspected militants overnight in the western state of Gujarat,
the scene of bloody Hindu-Muslim violence in 2002.

Police were conducting routine searches in the main city of
Ahmedabad after midnight when they were shot at and returned
fire, state police chief A.K. Bhargava said.

"We have not yet been able to establish their links or
motives. Some arms and ammo also found. Two of them are
Pakistanis and the other two Kashmiris," he said.

He did not explain how police determined the identities of
the dead.

In 2002, Hindu-Muslim bloodshed wracked the state after 59
Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire originally blamed on a
Muslim mob but later determined by an official inquiry to be an

Rights groups say about 2,500 people, mostly Muslims, died.