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Gunfire Kills 15 in India's Punjab State

July 05, 1986|Associated Press

AMRITSAR, India — Gunfire killed 15 people in Punjab state in less than 24 hours in the bloodiest outbreak of Sikh terrorism in weeks, police said Friday. In one encounter, 10 people were reported shot to death.

Police said Sikh extremists killed seven Hindus with bursts of automatic fire near this Sikh sacred city Friday, then got into a shoot-out with police that left two assailants dead. A policeman was also reported killed.

Earlier, state police reported that four Hindus were killed Thursday night in other terrorist attacks in Punjab. One suspected terrorist also was fatally shot by police.

More than 400 people have died in hit-and-run attacks by Sikh extremists this year.

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