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Three killed in Kashmir as posters demand non-Muslim doctors leave state (english)
14 Jan 2003
SRINAGAR, India - Unknown assailants kidnapped and executed a forest ranger Tuesday and security forces killed two Islamic militants in violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.
Three killed in Kashmir as posters demand non-Muslim doctors leave state
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



SRINAGAR, India - Unknown assailants kidnapped and executed a forest ranger Tuesday and security forces killed two Islamic militants in violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The ranger was abducted and killed in Damhal Hanjipora, 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar city, police said. It was not clear why the man was targeted.

The two rebels were killed in gunbattles in different parts of the state. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two were believed to be Pakistanis because of documents found on their bodies.

More than a dozen Islamic militant groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence or its merger with Muslim-dominated Pakistan. More than 61,000 people have been killed, many of whom have been civilians.

India accuses Pakistan of training, arming and funding the rebels. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it only gives them moral and diplomatic support.

Meanwhile, militant posters appeared Tuesday in a hostel for doctors working at the Government Medical College hospital demanding non-Muslim physicians leave Kashmir, saying that unless they do so "the consequences will be dire."

Hospital officials refused to comment. But Shabir Ahmad, a resident doctor, called it an "unfortunate gimmick."

Eleven of more than 250 doctors at the hospital are non-Muslims, Ahmad said.
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