April 30, 2006

At least 22 Hindus massacred in Kashmir

JAMMU, India (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic militants shot
dead at least 22 Hindus in a village in Indian-administered
Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

"We have a report of a massacre in which 22 people have
been killed. The details are awaited," Vijay Bakaya, Kashmir's
top bureaucrat, told Reuters.

Police said all the dead were Hindus. Five people, among an
unspecified number of wounded, were in critical condition, they

The militants struck the remote village in Hindu-majority
Doda district, some 170 km (100 miles) from Jammu, Kashmir's
winter capital, early on Monday.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the
attack, which comes ahead of scheduled talks between Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Kashmiri separatists in New Delhi
later this week.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir
since an Islamic insurgency began in 1989 against Indian rule.
Thousands of Hindus have fled the state over the years.