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Kashmir: 8 dead in new violence

A woman awaits treatment after she was injured in the market grenade attack.
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Violent insurgency has flared up in Indian-Kashmir with at least eight people killed in separate incidents despite a border cease-fire between Pakistan and India.

The dead include five suspected militants, two Indian police and a civilian, according to police sources.

Army guns were silent for a second day on Thursday after India accepted a Pakistani offer of a cease-fire along the Line of Control (LOC), which separates Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani divisions.

Though tit-for-tat shelling -- which has been regular feature along the United Nations-drawn LOC since an insurgency began in 1989 -- stopped when the cease-fire began on Wednesday, militants resisting New Delhi's rule in Indian-Kashmir have vowed to continue their fight.

In Thursday's violence, a civilian was killed in Srinagar's main market when insurgents launched grenades at Indian paramilitary forces, but missed their target, police said.

They hit a group of bystanders, killing one and injuring 10.

Indian security forces were searching for the suspected militants responsible for the attack, which happened at 12:30 p.m. (0700 GMT). Srinagar is the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

In the winter capital Jammu, three militants were killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces in Gool district.

Also in Jammu, a gun battle left two militants dead and an Indian paramilitary security officer seriously injured in Doda.

In central Kashmir, suspected militants burst into the house of an off-duty Indian police officer, and shot him dead.

Also, suspected militants in southern Kashmir gunned down a member of a plainclothes special police officer.

The 14-year insurgency in Indian-Kashmir has killed an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people.

India says Pakistan trains, arms and funds the militants and orders them to attack Indian military and civilian targets but Islamabad denies the charge.

Last year, the two sides stood on the brink of war following an attack on India's parliament building in December 2001, which New Delhi blamed on Islamic militant groups backed by Pakistan.

Islamabad denied the accusation but vowed to clamp down on cross-border militancy.

Hopes for a lasting peace between the two bitter rivals were given a boost after both sides agreed to the cease fire.

Though New Delhi says a permanent cease-fire would depend on Pakistan halting the infiltration of Islamic militants into Indian-Kashmir state, analysts described the truce as one of the most comprehensive ever between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Kashmir has been a flash point for India and Pakistan for more than half a century and the nuclear-armed rivals have fought two wars since independence from Britain over the Himalayan region.

-- CNN's Ram Ramgopal contributed to this report


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