One Killed, Eight Wounded In Kashmir Grenade Blast
24 December 2004
Jammu: Suspected militants hurled a grenade in a village market in Indian Kashmir on Friday, killing one person and wounding eight others, police said. The grenade was apparently aimed at a security post in the market but it missed its target and exploded on the road in Pakherpora in Budgam district, Inspector General of Police Javed Makhdoomi said. The wounded included two policemen, he said. Budgam is about 30 km (20 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city. Although India says separatist violence has declined this year in the revolt-torn region, about half a dozen people are killed daily in gun battles, bomb blasts and grenade attacks. The 15-year rebellion against New Delhi's rule has claimed about 45,000 lives so far in India's only Muslim-majority state.