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India-Pakistan: May 10, 2002

The largest rebel group in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahedin, is split by factional fighting between radicals and moderates. The group has 3-4,000 activists, but many members are calling for peace talks with India. The radical leadership wants to continue fighting. The struggle, between senior leaders, has been going on for several weeks and may break out into fighting.

Religious violence continues in the northern Indian state of Gujarat. The government has sent 2,000 riot police and a detachment of commandos to assist in suppressing the violence against Moslems. The state government is controlled by Hindu nationalists and has been markedly ineffective at stopping the violence. In the last three months, some 950 people have died, most of them Moslems.