Wire Service: AP
On May 1, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Suspected Islamic militants raided a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir and killed 22 Hindus, lining them outside their homes and shooting them execution-style, police said Monday. The attack in the village of Thava was the single bloodiest attack by Islamic rebels in Kashmir since a 2003 cease-fire between India and Pakistan, and it came days ahead of a planned meeting between the divided region’s political separatists and India’s prime minister. Separately, 13 shepherds were abducted over the weekend in Kashmir’s Udhampur district. Four were found dead Sunday and the bodies of the nine others were discovered Monday afternoon, said a senior police officer, Rajesh Singh. Witnesses in Thava said more than a half-dozen assailants, some in army uniforms, slipped into the village after dark Sunday and, using local guides, told people they had come to meet with residents."