April 2006 News

Eight Tourists Among 14 Hurt In Kashmir Explosion

27 April 2006

Srinagar: At least eight tourists were among 14 people wounded on Thursday when suspected Islamist militants threw a grenade on a road in a tourist resort in Indian Kashmir, police said. 'The explosion created panic among the tourists. Many were crying,' one police officer told Reuters by telephone from the scene of the blast.It was not known if any foreigners were among the injured, he added. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blast which took place in Pahalgam, a popular resort town located among pine forests, 60 miles south of Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's summer capital. A record number of over 600,000 tourists visited Indian Kashmir last year following a decline in violence after India and Pakistan launched a peace process more than two years ago. But separatist attacks have increased in recent weeks across the region. Kashmir is split between India and Pakistan but is claimed in full by both. Tens of thousands of people have died in a revolt against Indian rule in the state since 1989.


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