DATE=2/5/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-258851 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indian authorities say three Kashmiri Hindus were killed when Muslim militants attacked a village in Kashmir. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi that the head of Indian Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, now warns of what he calls a "limited war" with Pakistan. TEXT: Police say two men and an eight-year-old girl were killed when separatist militants surrounded the village of Telwani and opened fire. The village is 260 kilometers north of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir. Police say six Hindu families living in the village were targets of the attack. The victims died in the crossfire when police and the militants fought it out in a gun battle. This marked the second case of violence reported from strife-torn Kashmir in the last two days. Police say militants also blew up a paramilitary ambulance in Srinagar with a landmine on Friday. Two civilians were killed and four soldiers were wounded. More than a dozen militant groups have been fighting a separatist war in Indian Kashmir since 1989. The region has witnessed an upsurge in militant violence in the last six months, since India fought a six-week battle to evict Pakistan-backed Muslim guerrillas who had captured high Kashmiri mountain peaks. India is blaming Pakistan for the increased violence. In an interview (with the Reuters news agency) Saturday, the chief minister of the state, Farooq Abdullah, said there could be what he called "limited war" with Pakistan if it continued to support the separatist revolt in the region. He said New Delhi could be pushed into waging war against Pakistan to bring a decisive end to the Kashmir insurgency. /// OPT /// Mr. Abdullah heads a regional party that is part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party-led national coalition government. /// END OPT /// New Delhi accuses Islamabad of sponsoring the insurgency by training and arming Muslim militants. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it gives the separatists only moral and diplomatic support. The two hostile neighbors have fought two wars over the Himalayan region that both claim. (Signed) NEB/AP/ALW/JP 05-Feb-2000 07:54 AM EDT (05-Feb-2000 1254 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .