May 2005 News

Blast In Kashmir Summer Capital

11 May 2005

Srinagar: At least one person has been killed and 34 others wounded in an explosion in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. The blast took place in the Jawaharnagar area and damaged a number of houses and vehicles, officials say. 'This is one of the most powerful explosions I have ever seen,' a policeman told the AFP news agency. This is the first explosion in Srinagar after the launch of cross-Kashmir bus service last month. Group's claim Doctors at a Srinagar hospital say many of those wounded have severe injuries. Kashmir dispute They include a paramilitary officer and five soldiers. There are conflicting reports over the cause of the explosion. A paramilitary officer, Hari Lal, told the Associated Press it was caused by two landmines planted by suspected militants. But other reports say that the explosion may have been caused by a car bomb. The BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says a militant group Al-Nasirin has said it carried out the attack. The group has warned of more such attacks in future. More than 40,000 people have died in 14 years of insurgency in the disputed region of Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two nuclear rivals have fought two wars over the territory but embarked on a peace process 18 months ago. The latest step was the resumption of a cross-Kashmir bus service last month. The move was largely welcomed by Kashmiris but militants opposed to Indian rule vowed to disrupt it. The day before the first service, militants attacked and burned down a heavily guarded compound in Srinagar housing some of the bus passengers.


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