Bomb Kills Two Soldiers in Kashmir
21 March 2004
SRINAGAR: A remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorbike exploded as an Indian army convoy passed by on Saturday, killing two soldiers and wounding 27 others in troubled Kashmir, police said. The motorbike was parked on a bridge near the town of Manasbal, about 20 miles northwest of Srinagar, summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, said Suhail Ahmed, a police officer. One of the army trucks was blown from the bridge by the impact of the blast. 'The truck caught fire and plunged into the river like a ball of fire,' he said. Two soldiers died on the scene and 27 were wounded, seven seriously, Ahmed said. Police blamed separatist Islamic rebels for the attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir. None of the militant groups based there claimed responsibility. Islamic militants have been fighting since 1989 for Muslim-majority Kashmir's independence from predominantly Hindu India, or its merger with mostly Muslim Pakistan. More than 65,000 people have died in the violence.