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DATE=8/2/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KASHMIR KILLINGS NUMBER=2-265052 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: More than 80-people have been killed as terrorists opposed to a cease-fire in Kashmir have attacked villages across the Indian state, Jammu and Kashmir. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports from New Delhi, India's Prime Minister condemned the attacks and accused Pakistan of supporting the killers. TEXT: Security forces appear to have been caught off guard by the killings, which began late Tuesday and continued Wednesday. Many of the victims were Hindu laborers in isolated villages. The first attack came in Pahalgam when militants attacked a police post guarding Hindu pilgrims traveling to a religious shrine. Authorities say casualty figures could rise in the hours ahead because many of the wounded are in critical condition. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks. Officials blame the killings on militants opposed to a cease-fire declared last week by Hizbul Mujahadeen - the largest militant group fighting in Kashmir. The Indian Army has matched the cease-fire. But other militant groups have vowed to step up their attacks. Speaking to the private Star television network, the senior elected official in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, says the attacks are an attempt to stop talks between the Indian government and Hizbul Mujahadeen. // ABDULLAH ACT // This is all to see that the peace process that was started is stalled - so that in no way the government of India talks to Hizbul Mujahadeen. I think this is all being orchestrated from across the border by the other groups that do not want peace here. // END ACT // Answering questions in Parliament, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee lashed out at Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of backing the groups that carried out the killings. Hizbul Mujahadeen has reportedly named a three-man negotiating team to talk with Indian officials about how to make their three-month cease-fire permanent. The group is believed to control about one-third of the estimated three-thousand militants operating in the Kashmir valley. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/RAE 02-Aug-2000 07:20 AM EDT (02-Aug-2000 1120 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .