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Most-wanted militant shot and killed in India

July 17, 1996
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT)

SRINAGAR, India (CNN) -- Indian troops on Wednesday shot dead one of Kashmir's most wanted militants, a man police said masterminded bombings that killed some 70 people in New Delhi since last November.

A senior police official said Hilal Ahmad Beigh, 28, was killed in a shoot-out with paramilitary troops on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Hilal became a militant in 1989, when Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir began their movement to separate from the mostly Hindu country. Thousands have died in violence linked to separatism.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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