March 2004 News

Civilians Killed In Kashmir Attack

10 March 2004

Srinagar: Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say four civilians have been killed and 50 others wounded in a grenade explosion. Violence continues in Kashmir despite a ceasefire The incident took place in a village in Budgam district, near the state's summer capital, Srinagar. Earlier, Indian troops in Srinagar killed two suspected militants who had stormed a building housing the state information department. Violence in Kashmir had eased considerably following a ceasefire between India and Pakistan, both of which claim the state. Police say a militant entered the house of a villager in Budgam district on Tuesday night and tried to kidnap him at gunpoint. The family raised an alarm and when many of the villagers congregated outside the house, the militant lobbed a grenade causing the casualties. Police say the militant had surrendered before the Indian security forces some time ago but had recently rejoined armed separatist ranks. Srinagar siege Earlier Indian troops killed two militants who had stormed a government building in Srinagar on Tuesday evening. The troops set the building on fire after rescuing five soldiers who were trapped. Civilians living in the vicinity were evacuated. The gutted building housed the directorate of information of the state government. 'It is the ongoing peace process which these frustrated, demoralised militants - who are also losing hope of getting help from Pakistan in the wake of the peace process initiated by our prime minister - want to sabotage,' junior Indian home minister ID Swami said. A little-known Islamic rebel group called Al- Mansooreen is reported to have said it carried out the attack.


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