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Kashmir: India kills rebels from group behind 2008 Mumbai attacks

India also accused Pakistan of sending captured Taliban fighters to the disputed Kashmir territory in a 'jail or jihad' deal.

By Ben Hancock / October 8, 2009

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India and Pakistan's simmering conflict in Kashmir boiled over this week as Indian soldiers exchanged fire with rebels from the terrorist group behind last year's Mumbai attacks. The exchange came also as Indian officials alleged that Pakistan is sending captured Taliban militants to fight in the disputed Himalayan territory, giving them the option of "jail or jihad."

Indian troops on Wednesday shot dead seven rebels, four of whom were from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Reuters reported. One of the slain militants was identified as top LeT commander Abu Hamza, according to the News Agency of Kashmir.

The group was behind attacks that killed at least 166 people in the Indian financial capital in November. Last month, senior Australian official John Brumby canceled a trip to Mumbai after the Ausitralian government said there was reason to believe there could be more terrorist attacks there this fall, the Financial Times reported.

India is growing more concerned about Taliban infiltration after intelligence suggested Paksitan may be offering captured militants the option of fighting in Kashmir instead of going to prison, Britain's Telegraph reported.

[Indian officials] alleged 60 Taliban fighters captured in the Pakistan army's offensive to re-assert government rule in the Swat Valley earlier this year had accepted the deal and were now waiting with an estimated 300 jihadi fighters to cross into Kashmir.
Indian officials are now braced for a series of incursions and border battles in the next two to three weeks as the militants make their move.
Officials said the militants were offered a "jail or jihad" choice by senior officers of Pakistan's ISI intelligence service and that the plot had been discovered in a series of intercepted telephone conversations.

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