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May 23, 1986

Six gunmen, thought to be Sikh extremists, fired automatic weapons from jeeps into a crowded shopping district in Amritsar, India, killing 11 people and seriously wounding seven. More than 70 people, mostly Hindus, have been killed in Sikh reprisals since April 30, when officials in Punjab state ordered a raid on Amritsar's Golden Temple--Sikhdom's holiest shrine--to drive out Sikh extremists who had proclaimed an independent state.

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