- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

Kashmir clashes leave 18 dead
SRINAGAR, India Clashes between Indian forces and suspected Islamic guerrillas left at least 18 persons dead in the troubled region of Kashmir yesterday, police said.
At least four soldiers were killed when the vehicle carrying them was blown up by a land mine detonated by guerrillas using a remote-control device at Pelhu Kulgam, 50 miles south of Srinagar, Jammu-Kashmir state's summer capital, police said. Another four soldiers were wounded in the explosion.
More than a dozen militant groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence from India. Human rights groups say more than 60,000 people have been killed in the fighting.
India accuses its western neighbor, Pakistan, of training, arming and funding the guerrillas. Islamabad says it supports the guerrillas' cause, but gives no material aid.

NATO swaps tips on airport security
OTTAWA Combatting terrorism dominated initial sessions yesterday of a four-day meeting of legislators from NATO countries, with delegates swapping stories of airport security checks and calling for a global front against terrorists.
The NATO parliamentary assembly will debate a draft declaration condemning the attacks on its final day, when Secretary-General George Robertson and U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will address the 300 delegates.
Before that, five committees of legislators from 18 of the 19 NATO countries Portugal couldn't make it, organizers say and 16 associate countries will discuss adding new members, a U.S. missile-defense plan, as well as security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

India grounds crew after hijack scare
NEW DELHI The crew of an Indian airliner that was thought to have been hijacked this week has been grounded, according to a report yesterday.
Flight CD 7444 of the state-run Alliance Air with 46 passengers and six crew members took off from the western commercial hub of Bombay late Wednesday, but landed in the Indian capital in the early hours of Thursday after its pilot reported that the aircraft had been hijacked.
However, when commandos stormed the plane, it was found to be a misunderstanding.
The government faced acute embarrassment when it had to explain that it was the victim of a "false alarm."

Amnesty frees Egyptian prisoners
CAIRO More than 2,000 Egyptian prisoners benefited from an amnesty yesterday, as the country celebrated the 28th anniversary of its war against Israel, police sources said.
Interior Minister Habib Adly ordered the release of 2,017 prisoners condemned for common-law crimes who had served at least half of their terms, the source added.
Egypt, which became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, celebrates on Oct. 6 its surprise 1973 attack on Israeli forces.

Yemen moves to protect Americans
SAN'A, Yemen Yemen, fearing violence from Islamic militants if the United States attacks Afghanistan, has beefed up security for foreigners and ordered special forces to protect Americans, its interior minister said yesterday.
Rashad Alimi said Yemen, still recovering from last year's suicide attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors, had boosted security at border posts and ports, embassies and at the homes of U.S. nationals.

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