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The Latest: At least 7 Hindu pilgrims killed in shooting

Posted July 10

— The Latest on suspected rebels opening fire on a passenger bus carrying Hindu pilgrims (all times local):

12:45 a.m.

Police say gunmen have sprayed bullets on a passenger bus bringing Hindu pilgrims back from a cave shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least seven of them, including five women, and wounding 14 others.

A police officer says the bus was carrying more than 50 people on the annual pilgrimage. He blamed Monday's attack on Muslim militants who are fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The shooting happened near the southern Anantnag town on the main highway linking the Indian-controlled Kashmir with the rest of the country.

The police officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The pilgrims were returning after paying obeisance at the shrine nestled in the Himalayas when the attack occurred.

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By Associated Press writer Aijaz Hussain.

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10:45 p.m.

Police say at least six Hindu pilgrims, including five women, were killed and 13 others wounded when suspected militants opened fire on their passing bus in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

A police officer says the bus was carrying more than 50 people on an annual pilgrimage to a Hindu cave shrine. He blamed the attack on Muslim militants who are fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.

Monday's attack took place near the southern Anantnag town on the main highway linking the Indian-controlled Kashmir with the rest of the country.

The police officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

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By Associated Press writer Aijaz Hussain.

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