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SLUG: 269805 India / Kashmir DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=11/29/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-269805

TITLE= INDIA / KASHMIR / S

BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE

DATELINE= NEW DELHI

CONTENT=

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INTRO: Indian officials say two bloody attacks by separatist militants in Jammu and Kashmir State will not cause India to abandon its unilateral cease-fire in Kashmir. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports Indian commanders say they expect more attacks from militants who have rejected the cease-fire.

Text: Indian forces are on edge in Kashmir. However, military commanders say the troops will only fight if attacked and will not conduct offensive operations against the separatist militants.

Tuesday as the cease-fire began, separatist militants attacked. About a dozen people died in two bloody incidents. A leading separatist group, Hizbul Mujahaddin claimed responsibility for one attack, in which three Indian soldiers were killed by a landmine.

Separatist political leaders in Kashmir welcome the cease-fire and,

Wednesday, some said they hope Hizbul Mujahaddin - the largest militant group operating in Kashmir - will reconsider its rejection of the

Cease-fire.

Indian commanders say they that fear more militant attacks could come at any time. (Signed)

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