September 2003 News

Terrorists Blow Up 6 In Srinagar Market

5 September 2003
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: At least six people were killed and 25 injured when a powerful blast went off as an Army convoy drove through a fruit market in Srinagar early on Saturday, officials said. 'An Army convoy carrying a brigadier was passing by, but it is difficult to say whether it was hit. Six people have been killed and 25 others injured,' said Tirtha Acharya, spokesman for Border Security Force. Two bodies lay completely dismembered on the street after the blast, which severely damaged five vehicles including one used by the Army, witnesses said. Acharya said the blast was 'most likely' triggered by explosives detonated in a vehicle. Troops were sent to the market on the city's outskirts, where residents fled their homes in panic to enquire about their relatives, officials said. Shopkeepers downed their shutters and left, as the entire area was sealed by security forces. The blast disrupted traffic on a busy highway nearby. The incident raises to 71 the number of people killed in Jammu and Kashmir since Sunday, a day after troops top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Gazi Baba in Srinagar. Baba was on the list of 'most wanted' rebels after New Delhi accused him of masterminding the attack on Parliament two years ago that killed 15 people, including the five attackers, and led to a military standoff with Pakistan.


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