NUNWAN, India (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants lobbed a grenade and opened fire Tuesday on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir, killing nine of them and wounding 27 others, police said.
In other parts of the disputed region, four suspected militants and three soldiers were killed, a news report said.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have been on a war footing for eight months because of similar attacks. New Delhi accuses Islamabad of backing the Islamic guerrillas fighting for Kashmir's independence or merger with Pakistan.
Six Islamic militants sneaked into the pilgrimage transit camp in Nunwan, about 55 miles southeast of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's northern Jammu-Kashmir state, said Nirmal Raj, commander of the Central Reserve Police guarding the camp. He said police killed one of the rebels.
There were bullet holes in the makeshift tin-sheet toilets. Bloodied clothes, shoes and sandals littered the campground.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani blamed the attack on Al-Mansuriya, a militant offshoot of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.
In New Delhi, I.D. Swamy, the junior home minister, said the government implied a link between Pakistan and the attack.
"There can be Pakistan's involvement since its policy was to disturb peace in Kashmir. There will be attempts to disturb elections (this fall) in Kashmir," Swamy said.
A statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said Islamabad condemned the attack, but "rejects with contempt" the remarks by Swamy implicating Pakistan. The South Asian rival suffered its own terror attack on a Christian school Monday, claiming six lives.
Chamanlal Gupta, India's junior minister for defense, went the scene of the attack and said the dead militant carried a suicide note declaring the aim of the mission was to disrupt the pilgrimage. In it, he asked to be buried at a Muslim shrine in the same area.
Gupta said the man carried an AK-47 with an inscription of "Mujahedeen Cassette House, Lahore," Pakistan's second-largest city.
In three other clashes Tuesday, four suspected militants and three army soldiers were killed, the independent Press Trust of India news agency said.
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