May 2005 News

Parcel Bomb Hits Kashmir Family

13 May 2005

Srinagar: Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say that three members of a family have been killed in a parcel bomb explosion in Bijbehara town, near Srinagar. They say that the device killed Mohammad Sayed Kakroo and his son and daughter. His wife was wounded. Police say they are not clear why Mr Kakroo - a driver - was targeted. The blast is the latest in a series of explosions in Indian Kashmir: on Thursday two women were killed in a blast near a school in Srinagar. More than 40 people, most of them boys and girls at the school, were injured. No-one claimed responsibility. In an another attack on Wednesday, two people were killed in a blast claimed by the Al- Nasirin militant group. That was the first explosion in Srinagar since the launch in April of a historic cross-Kashmir bus service. Peace process Police said that in the latest incident, an unidentified person delivered a wrapped gift to Mr Kakroo's family. 'Late in the evening when they started opening it there was an explosion,' the police official said. More than 40,000 people have died in 14 years of insurgency in Kashmir. The two nuclear rivals have fought two wars over the territory but embarked on a peace process 18 months ago. The latest step last month was the start of the of the first bus service to cross the Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir. The move was largely welcomed by Kashmiris but militants opposed to Indian rule vowed to disrupt it.


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