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February 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) said an American and three other Westerners held by separatist Muslim guerrillas in Kashmir for seven months will be released soon. Richardson, who has helped free Americans held in Iraq and North Korea, said he could not give details of how he knew the hostages were still alive. "My plans are to continue working on this issue. I will be going to Pakistan this evening to talk to authorities about this issue," he said.
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January 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A body exhumed from northern Kashmir is that of a missing British tourist, authorities said Wednesday. The verification could help police locate an American also missing since being abducted by Islamic militants five years ago. Police confirmed that the body they brought out of a grave in 1997 is that of one of six foreign tourists who were kidnapped while trekking in the mountains of Kashmir in 1995. "We have received a report of DNA tests of an exhumed body . . .
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July 8, 1995 | Associated Press
American and British diplomats sought the help of pro-separatist groups Friday to free two Americans and two Britons taken hostage by Muslim militants in the mountains of northern India. The Kashmiri rebels, who have demanded the release of 21 jailed guerrillas, sent a message saying that the hostages have not been harmed. But they did not discuss their possible release, government officials said.
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July 20, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jane Schelly knows that her husband may have died a gruesome death at the hands of terrorists, but the fading chance that he survives draws her back to the mountains where she last saw him alive. Schelly, a schoolteacher from Spokane, Wash., is traveling through India and Pakistan this month to search for answers in the mysterious abduction of her husband, Donald Hutchings, and a group of other foreign backpackers in the Himalayas three years ago.
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July 15, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Faulty phone lines reportedly hampered feverish efforts by Western diplomats Friday to save an American and four other tourists who were being held hostage by Kashmiri guerrillas, hours before expiration of a deadline to kill the captives unless India releases 20 imprisoned rebels. Well-informed sources said the kidnapers tried to call the diplomats Friday at a designated phone number in Srinagar. But no call came through, and the U.S.
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August 24, 1995 | From Associated Press
The government here released recent photographs Wednesday of four Western hostages held by Kashmiri separatists and a tape recording of the captives saying they are alive and well. The captives all looked healthy in the photographs, even though the Al Faran separatist group had released earlier photos showing two of them wearing bloody bandages and a statement saying they had been wounded in a battle with Indian forces.
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April 11, 1990 | From Reuters
Muslim Kashmiri militants fighting for secession from India have killed all three hostages they took in an effort to free colleagues from jail, police said today. The secessionists killed one hostage, H. L. Khera, the manager of a state-run machine tools factory, in broad daylight in front of Indian Kashmir's heavily guarded police headquarters Tuesday afternoon. Police said the bodies of the two others were found dumped in a Srinagar suburb late Tuesday night.
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December 23, 1996 | From Associated Press
Kashmiri separatists killed four Western hostages--including one American--five months after seizing them in July 1995, and buried their bodies in the Himalayas, an Indian newspaper, citing a police report on the interrogation of a jailed militant, reported Sunday. The account contradicts government claims that villagers continue to see the foreigners in the high mountain area, where several groups are fighting to gain greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state.
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August 18, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since a few Western tourists fell into the hands of Islamic militants in the mountains of Kashmir in early July, India has appeared painfully slow and uncertain in dealing with a crisis that has highlighted its tenuous hold on the disputed region. On Thursday, several days after the slaying of one hostage, the government made what could be its most important attempt yet to end the 6-week-old ordeal by announcing that it will soon release 24 jailed Kashmiri separatists. K. B.
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December 1, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first heavy snows of winter this week blanketed the peaks and vales of Kashmir, where somewhere in a remote hide-out, a 42-year-old psychologist from Washington state is the prisoner of Islamic extremists who have threatened to kill him. For nearly five months, Donald Hutchings, the victim of a vacation turned nightmare, has been an unwilling, and perhaps very sick, pawn in the hands of a shadowy armed group, Al Faran.
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December 23, 1996 | From Associated Press
Kashmiri separatists killed four Western hostages--including one American--five months after seizing them in July 1995, and buried their bodies in the Himalayas, an Indian newspaper, citing a police report on the interrogation of a jailed militant, reported Sunday. The account contradicts government claims that villagers continue to see the foreigners in the high mountain area, where several groups are fighting to gain greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state.
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February 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) said an American and three other Westerners held by separatist Muslim guerrillas in Kashmir for seven months will be released soon. Richardson, who has helped free Americans held in Iraq and North Korea, said he could not give details of how he knew the hostages were still alive. "My plans are to continue working on this issue. I will be going to Pakistan this evening to talk to authorities about this issue," he said.
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December 1, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first heavy snows of winter this week blanketed the peaks and vales of Kashmir, where somewhere in a remote hide-out, a 42-year-old psychologist from Washington state is the prisoner of Islamic extremists who have threatened to kill him. For nearly five months, Donald Hutchings, the victim of a vacation turned nightmare, has been an unwilling, and perhaps very sick, pawn in the hands of a shadowy armed group, Al Faran.
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August 24, 1995 | From Associated Press
The government here released recent photographs Wednesday of four Western hostages held by Kashmiri separatists and a tape recording of the captives saying they are alive and well. The captives all looked healthy in the photographs, even though the Al Faran separatist group had released earlier photos showing two of them wearing bloody bandages and a statement saying they had been wounded in a battle with Indian forces.
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August 18, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since a few Western tourists fell into the hands of Islamic militants in the mountains of Kashmir in early July, India has appeared painfully slow and uncertain in dealing with a crisis that has highlighted its tenuous hold on the disputed region. On Thursday, several days after the slaying of one hostage, the government made what could be its most important attempt yet to end the 6-week-old ordeal by announcing that it will soon release 24 jailed Kashmiri separatists. K. B.
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August 14, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a grisly escalation of the Kashmiri conflict, Muslim militants decapitated one of five Western hostages and threatened to kill the others, including an American, unless India frees jailed separatists within 48 hours, Indian officials said Sunday. It was the first killing of a Western hostage since a widespread insurgency broke out five years ago in the troubled Indian state, a once-popular holiday spot known as the "Switzerland of the East."
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July 22, 1995 | From Associated Press
Muslim separatists holding an American and four European tourists hostage said two of the captives were wounded Friday in a gun battle between the Kashmiri militants and Indian forces. But the Indian government denied a gunfight had occurred. The Al-Faran group, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said two Indian soldiers were killed and several others wounded in the 25-minute battle. The group said one rebel was seriously injured.
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July 20, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jane Schelly knows that her husband may have died a gruesome death at the hands of terrorists, but the fading chance that he survives draws her back to the mountains where she last saw him alive. Schelly, a schoolteacher from Spokane, Wash., is traveling through India and Pakistan this month to search for answers in the mysterious abduction of her husband, Donald Hutchings, and a group of other foreign backpackers in the Himalayas three years ago.
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July 22, 1995 | From Associated Press
Muslim separatists holding an American and four European tourists hostage said two of the captives were wounded Friday in a gun battle between the Kashmiri militants and Indian forces. But the Indian government denied a gunfight had occurred. The Al-Faran group, in a statement issued in Srinagar, said two Indian soldiers were killed and several others wounded in the 25-minute battle. The group said one rebel was seriously injured.
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July 15, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Faulty phone lines reportedly hampered feverish efforts by Western diplomats Friday to save an American and four other tourists who were being held hostage by Kashmiri guerrillas, hours before expiration of a deadline to kill the captives unless India releases 20 imprisoned rebels. Well-informed sources said the kidnapers tried to call the diplomats Friday at a designated phone number in Srinagar. But no call came through, and the U.S.
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