Policewoman Killed In Kashmir Grenade Attack
25 September 2006
Srinagar: A policewoman was killed and two of her women colleagues wounded in Indian Kashmir on Monday when suspected Muslim militants threw a grenade at their vehicle, police said. The violence came on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan during which separatist militants in the disputed, Muslim-majority region have traditionally stepped up attacks on Indian forces. No militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a market area in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, in which a civilian was also wounded. Kashmir's frontline rebel group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen last week offered a ceasefire during Ramadan with Indian troops but set conditions New Delhi has rejected many times in the past. Although some sections of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government reportedly favoured a Ramadan truce, Singh said on Sunday a ceasefire was not being considered. In late 2000, New Delhi declared a truce in the region, which was not by matched by the guerrillas and was marked by violence. It was called off after two months. Indian authorities say overall violence levels have declined in the region since India and Pakistan began a peace process nearly three years ago. However, on an average, six people are killed every day in Kashmir where a revolt against Indian rule has claimed more than 45,000 lives since it broke out in 1989.