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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- A roadside bomb has killed 11 people, including nine Indian soldiers, in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir, in one of the deadliest attacks there in recent months.

Police said the civilian truck in which the soldiers were traveling was hit by a "massive" explosion before dawn Sunday, killing all nine soldiers on board, their civilian driver and a police officer.

The attack took place near the village of Nainbatpora, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Srinagar, the territory's summer capital.

In a separate incident, police said three militants were killed Sunday in a siege on a mosque in the same district where the bombing took place.

Indian security forces, including police and paramilitary, focused on the mosque after reports militants were inside.

The bomb was detonated as the truck passed along a road connecting the village to Kashmir's main highway, police said, adding it was made from several kilograms of the high explosive RDX packed into a section of water pipe.

Police blamed separatist militants who are battling Indian rule in the majority-Muslim state for the attack.

The blast was among the deadliest in recent months in the disputed Himalayan territory, the flashpoint for two of the three wars India and Pakistan have fought since independence in 1947.

India and Pakistan each claim all of Kashmir, which has been divided by U.N.-drawn border since 1972.

But hostilities have thawed since Pakistan pledged to stop guerrillas crossing the porous border in 2002.

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