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Dozens Die In Battle At Kashmir Mosque

Tue., March 26, 1996

Vultures flew over Kashmir’s holiest mosque Monday, while below, as many as 26 people lay dead of gunshot wounds from a battle between Muslim separatists and government police.

The violent confrontation at the Hazratbal mosque on Sunday raised fears of a widespread public uprising.

Guerrillas have occupied the mosque in Srinagar, the state’s summer capital, for more than a year. But until Sunday, security forces had avoided fighting in the ancient shrine, which holds a sacred relic that Muslims believe is a hair of the Prophet Mohammed.


 
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