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February 09, 1988

Sikh militants killed nine people in India's northern Punjab state, including four members of a Hindu wedding procession, police said. More than 200 people have died so far this year in killings related to a nearly 5-year-old campaign by Sikh extremists trying to create an independent nation. Police said militants armed with submachine guns ambushed a group of Hindus proceeding to a wedding in Kheerawali village, killing four people--including the bridegroom and a 10-year-old boy. Police also said militants killed four men in Lohar village and that still other militants were to blame for the death of a policeman in Chumb village near the Sikhs' holy city of Amritsar.

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