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September 8, 1996
Web posted at: 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT)

Forty feared drowned in southern India

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HYDERABAD, India (CNN) -- Police said swirling flood waters swept away a truck transporting members of a wedding party in Southern India, killing up to 40 people.

The victims included 20 women and 10 children. Thirty others swam ashore after the accident, police said. As of Sunday, 15 bodies had been found.

The accident occurred Saturday night when the truck driver tried to cross a river bridge partially submerged by flood waters, police said.



Ukrainian soldier killed in Sarajevo

Bosnia SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNN) -- A Ukrainian soldier was shot and killed early Sunday while guarding a Sarajevo warehouse filled with voting materials for next weekend's elections, an Implementation Force (IFOR) spokesman told CNN.

The shooting occurred outside the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) warehouse.

The IFOR spokesman told CNN the unidentified soldier was shot while investigating an intruder outside the warehouse. Ukrainian soldiers at the warehouse, however, told Reuters their comrade died inside his armored personnel carrier, suggesting he may have shot himself.

IFOR was investigating the incident.



India, Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir

PARRAN, India (CNN) -- Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged artillery and machine-gun fire Saturday along the cease-fire line in the disputed Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Although cross-border firing is common, an Indian Army officer said the shooting was heavier than usual. A Pakistani official called it a "war-like" situation.

Despite scattered violence, Indian officials declared Saturday's local elections in Jammu and Kashmir a success.

Security forces arrested 29 people, including three secessionist leaders accused of urging a boycott of the vote. Some villagers, however, claimed that soldiers forced them to vote.

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