Thirty-five Hurt In Kashmir Grenade Attack
13 February 2005
Srinagar: At least 35 people were wounded on Sunday when suspected separatist guerrillas threw a grenade on a crowded road in Indian Kashmir, police said. They said militants attacked an army vehicle with a grenade in Shopian town south of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, but the grenade missed the target and exploded on the road. A soldier was also wounded in the blast. The violence comes ahead of Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's visit to Islamabad on Tuesday for talks with Pakistani leaders aimed at restoring faith in a peace process that South Asia's nuclear rivals began a year ago. Authorities say separatist violence has declined since last year in Kashmir, at the centre of tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. But people are still killed in daily bombing and fighting between militants and soldiers. 'After a loud explosion, I heard people crying for help, most of them were bleeding,' Nazir Ahmad, who was wounded in the attack, said in a Srinagar hospital. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the explosion so far. Authorities say more than 45,000 people have been killed since a rebellion broke out in 1989 in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state.