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SRINAGAR---Thousands of Indian troops
fanned out across Indian-controlled Kash-
mir yesterday, detaining about 200 sep-
aratist activists to prevent protests during
a three-day strike to mark the execution
anniversaries of two separatists in New
Delhi, officials said.
Many parts of the Himalayan region were
under curfew, with major roads blocked by
razor wire and barricades, as authorities
sought to prevent anti-India protests and
possible violence, Inspector Gen Abdul Gani
Mir said. Wireless Internet services were
Shops and businesses remained closed
in Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir.
Most people stayed indoors while police
and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the lake-
side city s deserted streets.
Authorities detained about 200 known
activists and placed their leaders under
house arrest, a police officer said on con-
dition of anonymity because he was not
authorised to speak with reporters.
Still, a few dozen pro-independence
activists chanting "We want freedom" and
"Return the bodies of our martyrs" tried
to stage a rally in central Srinagar, prompting
authorities to haul them in to a police station
for several hours, another police officer said
on condition of anonymity.
Minor clashes broke out in at least nine
other locations across the region, as law
enforcement officers tried to stop small
groups of people from protesting. No injuries
Kashmiri separatists, who have long
demanded the region be given independence
or be allowed to merge with neighbouring
Pakistan, were incensed last year when
Mohammed Afzal Guru was secretly hanged
on February 9 in a New Delhi jail for involve-
ment in a 2001 Parliament attack that killed
14 people, including five gunmen.
Most people in Kashmir believe Guru was
not given a fair trial, and the covert execution
led to days of violent anti-India protests in
the Muslim-majority region, where anti-
India sentiment runs deep. The execution
refreshed anger sparked in 1984, when pro-
independence leader Mohammed Maqbool
Butt was hanged in the same New Delhi jail
after being convicted of killing an intelligence
officer. Since 1989, an armed uprising and
an ensuing crackdown in the region have
killed an estimated 68,000 people.
Separatists renewed demands over the
weekend that the two men s remains, buried
within the jail compound, be returned to
the region for burial.
"The shutdown is called for pressing our
demand for return of the mortal remains
of our martyrs," separatist leader Syed Ali
Geelani said in a statement issued before
he was detained at Srinagar s airport Sat-
urday after returning from New Delhi.
Kashmir is divided between Hindu-dom-
inated India and Muslim-majority Pakistan,
but is claimed by both nations. (AP)
LA PAZ---Local officials in Bolivia
say that heavy rains have caused a
mudslide that has buried a small
settlement, killing at least four
people. Another nine people are
Jimena Alegre is a local official in
the municipality of Morochota. She
told The Associated Press by
telephone yesterday that the
mudslide occurred Saturday night in
the Quechua community of
Chuypakasa and buried the homes of
Rescue squads were working
Sunday in hopes of finding more
survivors. The first responders are
from Cochabamba, which is located
about 220 kilometres (about 135
miles) east of the capital of La Paz.
Heavy rains have been falling
across most of Bolivia since
November and an estimated 46,800
families have been affected. (AP)
BANGUI---Raging violence in Central African
Republic s capital, including mob attacks and an
apparent assassination attempt targeting the
lawless country s former justice minister, killed
at least nine people over the weekend, witnesses
and officials said yesterday.
Bangui is suffering widespread bloodshed and
looting despite the presence of thousands of French
and African peacekeepers and the appointment
of a new transitional leader last month.
Yesterday morning, Rwandan peacekeepers inter-
vened after an angry mob killed a young Muslim
man accused of killing a young woman, said Olga
Mouth, a resident of Bangui s Fifth District where
the incident occurred.
"The young Muslim man was guarding two
buildings belonging to Muslim businessmen who
fled the city," Mouth said.
"The crowd said he attacked the young woman
who was sitting outside the buildings selling por-
ridge. This angered the residents, who came out
in droves to lynch him before looting and burning
Rwandan peacekeepers opened fire on the crowd,
killing a man who turned out to be the young
woman s uncle, said Mouth.
However, Rwandan Lt Rosana Nsengimana could
only confirm Sunday that one Rwandan peace-
keeper had been injured.
Five additional bodies were retrieved from the
same neighborhood, he said. "We don t know the
circumstances in which these people were killed,"
he said. (AP)
APATZINGAN---Vigilantes who have driven a quasi-
religious drug cartel from a series of towns in west-
ern Mexico entered a gang-held city on Saturday
and were working with government forces to clear
it of cartel gunmen, a leader of the movement said.
Dozens of vigilante group members, who wore
white t-shirts to identify themselves, were seen by
an Associated Press journalist speeding into Apatzin-
gan in the back of pickup trucks. The city of 100,000
in Michoacan state has been under effective control
of the Knights Templar cartel for several years.
"Federal forces are working with self-defense
groups," vigilante leader Hipolito Mora told The Asso-
ciated Press by telephone from the center of Apatzin-
gan. "Guys from the self-defense groups are moving
around the city, co-operating in certain ways with
the federal government. Many, many people have
Mora said federal police controlled security in the
city and both armed and unarmed member of the
"self-defense" movement were working with them
to identify Knights Templar hideouts.
He said approximately 200 gang members were
arrested, including the brother of one of its leaders,
Enrique "Kiki" Plancarte. The government made no
immediate comment. (AP)
Witnesses: 9 more killed
in Central African Republic
seize more ground
detained in Kashmir
Bolivia mudslide buries village; 4 dead, 9 missing
An Indian paramilitary soldier shares a lighter moment with his colleague as a Kashmiri civilian waits to meet his officer for permission to
cross the road during a curfew in Srinagar, India, yesterday. Thousands of Indian troops fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir
yesterday, detaining about 200 separatist activists to prevent protests during a three-day strike to mark the execution anniversaries of
two separatists in New Delhi, officials said. AP PHOTO
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