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Indian police arrest two Kashmiris blamed for dozen attacks

August 22, 2012

Police escort an arrested suspect in Indian administered Kashmir.     — File Photo by Reuters

SRINAGAR: Police have arrested two key Kashmiri suspects they blamed for killing four police officers and a pro-India politician in more than a dozen attacks in the Indian administered Kashmir.    

Indian police inspector-general Shiv Murari Sahai says one of the arrested men is a state police officer and the other is a militant belonging to Kashmir’s main rebel group, Hezb-ul Mujahedeen.

The suspects allegedly attacked government forces and targets in Srinagar city over the past 18 months.

Sahai claimed Tuesday the suspects acted in the name of the Kashmir Islamic movement and that it was an offshoot of the Hezb-ul Mujahedeen.

There was no independent confirmation of that claim.

Half a dozen rebel groups have been fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.

More than 68,000 people have been killed since 1989.