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India hunts Kashmir militants after Hindu pilgrim assault

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India hunts Kashmir militants after Hindu pilgrim attack

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content material / A wounded survivor of the militant assault in Reasi city, arrives at a hospital in Jammu on June 10, 2024. Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims in Indian-administered Kashmir, which then tumbled right into a ravine killing at the very least 9 folks, police stated on June 9. Agence France-Presse

NEW DELHI — Troopers in India-administered Kashmir carried out a large-scale manhunt on Monday, the federal government stated, a day after 9 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in one of many deadliest current assaults on civilians.

Round an hour earlier than Hindu-nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in for a 3rd time period within the capital New Delhi on Sunday night, gunmen in Kashmir ambushed the bus filled with Hindu pilgrims celebrating after visiting a preferred shrine.

Indian media reported that the attackers fired on the bus, taking pictures 10 folks and with at the very least one youngster among the many useless.

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The bus then swerved off the mountain street right into a ravine, with dozens injured.

Troopers and cops have been looking the Reasi space within the south of the disputed territory.

Kashmir’s high political official Manoj Sinha stated the joint “operation is in progress to neutralise the perpetrators” who carried out the assault, saying $12,000 in compensation for every of the households of these killed.

Prime authorities official Amit Shah — inside minister within the earlier authorities, and who took the oath of workplace shortly after Modi — warned that the gunmen would “face the wrath of the regulation”.

“The culprits of this dastardly assault is not going to be spared,” Shah stated on social media late Sunday.

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Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947, and each declare the high-altitude territory in full.

Insurgent teams have waged an insurgency since 1989, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.

The battle has left tens of hundreds of civilians, troopers, and rebels useless.

Violence and anti-India protests have drastically fallen since 2019, when Modi’s authorities cancelled the area’s restricted autonomy.

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Opposition chief Rahul Gandhi known as the assault “shameful” in a submit on social media, saying that it revealed the “true image of the worrying safety state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir”.

5 rebels and an Indian air power corporal have been killed in clashes since election campaigning started within the territory in April, till voting ended this month.

Two suspected rebels have been additionally killed in a firefight with troopers on June 3.

However the vote noticed a 58.6 % turnout, in line with the election fee, a 30-percentage-point bounce from the final vote in 2019 and the best in 35 years.

No separatist group known as for a boycott of the election — a primary because the armed revolt in opposition to Indian rule erupted within the territory in 1989.

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India usually accuses Pakistan of supporting and arming the rebels, a cost Islamabad denies.

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