June 2006 News

Grenade targets Kashmir pilgrims

21 June 2006

Srinagar: Five Hindu pilgrims have been injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after suspected militants threw a grenade at their bus. The attack took place just outside the state's summer capital, Srinagar. 'We were chanting prayers when a loud explosion shook us,' Mahinder Kapur, one of the passengers, is quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency. The pilgrims were returning from a visit to a holy Hindu shrine located in a cave in the Himalayas. The injured have been taken to a hospital in Srinagar, reports say. Security has been tightened along the route to the holy Amarnath cave, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims annually. They make the trek to a cave temple situated 4,267 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level which contains an ice stalagmite which devotees believe represents the Hindu god, Shiva. The two-month- long pilgrimage has been targeted by militants in the past.


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