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ATTACK TRIES TO HALT BUS SERVICE TO KASHMIR

Two gunmen attacked a government tourism complex Wednesday on the eve of the first bus service across divided Kashmir in nearly six decades, but the waiting passengers escaped unharmed and both India and Pakistan vowed the buses would run as planned.

Authorities said the two suspected Islamic militants died in a gunbattle with Indian security forces and six people were reported injured in the clash, which set off a ferocious fire that destroyed the main building along with historic documents and photographs of the divided Himalayan territory.

Four Muslim separatist groups that had vowed to disrupt the bus service claimed responsibility for the attack. Renewal of the bus route was one of the clearest positive steps so far in stumbling efforts by India and Pakistan to find peace after 58 years as enemies.

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