DATE=8/1/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KASHMIR ATTACK (L) NUMBER=2-265022 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: More than 20 people have been killed and at least 30 others wounded after Islamic militants attacked a site where Hindu pilgrims had gathered in Indian-administered Kashmir. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports, police are blaming the attack on militants opposed to a cease-fire declared last week by the largest group of militant separatists operating in Kashmir. TEXT: The attack occurred late Tuesday in the town of Pahalgam, 97-kilometers south of Srinigar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir State. Police say a group of militants attacked a police post guarding a camp set up for Hindu pilgrims traveling to the holy Amarnath shrine in southern Kashmir. Many of those killed were pilgrims who died in the crossfire between security forces and the militants. Authorities have imposed an indefinite curfew in the surrounding area. The incident comes just one week after the largest separatist guerrilla group fighting Indian security forces, Hizbul Mujahadeen - declared a surprise cease- fire. The Indian army has matched the cease-fire offer -- other militant groups have condemned it and threatened to escalate the violence. Speaking to local reporters late Tuesday, the Inspector General of police in Kashmir, Ashok Bhan blamed militants opposed to the cease-fire for the attack. /// BHAN ACTUALITY /// Groups, who do not like peace to come back, they will try to do these things. It is quite possible that some group opposed to the talks indulged in this violence. /// END ACTUALITY /// Nearly a dozen separatist groups are fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir. An estimated 30-thousand people have died over the past decade in separatist violence in the troubled state. India holds two-thirds of Kashmir and Pakistan one-third. Both countries claim the entire territory. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/KBK 01-Aug-2000 15:50 PM EDT (01-Aug-2000 1950 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .