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DATE=1/7/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY)CQ NUMBER=2-257863 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= Intro: In Indian Kashmir, suspected Muslim guerrillas have killed four paramilitary soldiers, and injured three others. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha has a report. Text: Police say heavily-armed men stormed the weather office in the Kashmiri capital Srinagar before dawn Friday, and opened fire with automatic weapons under cover of darkness. Two paramilitary guards outside the complex were gunned down. Two others were killed when troops from a nearby camp rushed to help the soldiers. This is the second attack in Kashmir being blamed on Muslim separatists since the hijacking of an Indian Airlines aircraft last month. Earlier this week 17 people were killed in a landmine explosion in a busy market in Srinagar. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Security officials in Kashmir have been warning that the state is likely to witness an upsurge in violence following the release of three Kashmiri militants in exchange for hostages aboard the hijacked aircraft. Muslim militants have been waging a decade-long separatist campaign in Kashmir. Concerns of stepped-up violence are not related to Kashmir alone. Security is also being stepped up in the Indian capital, New Delhi, which police say could also be a target for separatist guerrillas ahead of the nation's Republic Day celebrations later this month. Delhi's police chief, Ajay Sharma says security is being strengthened at vulnerable spots such as rail and bus stations. His comments followed a bomb blast in a train at a crowded rail station in Delhi on Thursday. More than 20 people were injured in the blast. India accuses Pakistan of supporting the Kashmiri Muslim separatists. Pakistan denies the accusation, saying it only gives the militants moral and diplomatic support. Both countries have also stepped up a war of words regarding the hijacking of the Indian aircraft. The Indian government has accused Pakistan of involvement in the hijacking. Pakistan has called the Indian accusations a propaganda campaign. (signed) NEB/AP/PLM 07-Jan-2000 06:13 AM EDT (07-Jan-2000 1113 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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