Grenade Blast Near Kashmir Bus Stand Wounds 34
10 July 2004
Srinagar: Muslim militants threw a grenade near a crowded bus station in Indian Kashmir on Saturday wounding 34 people as violence mounted in the Himalayan region, police said. The grenade was aimed at a police vehicle in Anantnag district in southern Kashmir, but it exploded on a street instead, wounding civilians who were waiting at a bus stand. Violence has spiralled in recent weeks in Kashmir which authorities say could be aimed at disrupting a fragile peace process between India and Pakistan who both claim the rugged region. More than 70 people have died this month alone. India and Pakistan, who were on the brink of war in 2002, last month agreed to serious and sustained negotiations for a final settlement of the dispute in Kashmir.