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The killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh nationalist who led a temple in British Columbia, set off diplomatic skirmishes between Canada and India.

Three men were arrested Friday and charged in the killing of a Sikh leader in British Columbia, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of orchestrating, fraying relations between the two countries.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh nationalist and Canadian citizen, was gunned down last June by two masked assailants in the parking lot of the temple in Surrey, British Columbia, where he was president, according to the police.

Three men, all Indian nationals in their 20s, were all arrested in Edmonton, Alberta and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Police identified the men as Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreeet Singh.

The police said the men had been living in Canada three to five years and were not permanent residents of Canada, but would not comment on their immigration status.

Several other investigations are ongoing and include exploring links to the Indian government’s involvement, said Assistant Commissioner David Teboul of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, adding that the relationship with Indian investigative partners had been challenging.

Mr. Nijjar was a leader in the local Khalistan movement, which seeks to create a separate Sikh nation in India that includes the northern state of Punjab.

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