DATE=8/18/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA - KASHMIR (S-ONLY) NUMBER=2-265610 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India says separatist militants have killed six Hindu civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports the largest separatist militant group operating in Kashmir denies it is behind the killings. TEXT: The small village of Kotdhara, about 175 kilometers northwest of the city of Jammu, is where the killings took place. Villagers say heavily armed men resembling separatist militants pulled people out of the their homes late Thursday and shot them at point-blank range. The killers were forced to flee after other villagers responded by firing back. Indian authorities are blaming separatist militants for the killings - but in an unusual move a representative of the largest such group operating in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahadeen denied involvement on Friday. A spokesman for Hizbul Mujahadeen blames representatives of Indian security forces for the attack -- saying his group only targets Indian security forces and military targets. The attack is just the latest in a spiral of increasing violence in Kashmir. Nearly 200 people have been killed in the past two weeks -- after a cease-fire was declared -- and then later called off by Hizbul Mujahadeen. (Signed) neb/jlt/plm TEXT: NEB/WTW/ 18-Aug-2000 05:52 AM EDT (18-Aug-2000 0952 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .