March 2006 News

Indian Soldier Killed, 6 Wounded In Kashmir Blast

19 March 2006

Srinagar: An Indian soldier was killed and six others wounded on Sunday when suspected separatist guerrillas hurled a grenade at a security bunker outside a bank in Kashmir, authorities said. 'The grenade exploded inside the sand bag bunker, killing a BSF (Border Security Force) personnel on the spot,' a BSF spokesman said. He said the soldiers were guarding a bank in Sopore town, north of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state. Militants also threw a grenade at a police patrol elsewhere in Sopore but it exploded without wounding anyone. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. Tens of thousands of people have been killed since a separatist revolt broke out in 1989 in Jammu and Kashmir, mainly Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state. Separatist violence in Kashmir is not as bad as it used to be but continues despite a slow peace process between India and Pakistan, who have fought two wars over the divided Himalayan region.


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