July 2007 News

Six Killed, 30 Injured In Kashmir Blast

29 July 2007
The Hindu

Srinagar: At least six people, including two children, were killed and 30 others injured in a powerful explosion on a tourist bus near Shalimar garden here on Sunday. The bus was carrying tourists from Gujarat. Witnesses told The Hindu that an explosion rocked the area around 3:30 p.m. 'We heard a big bang, and it was like the earth was slipping from under my feet,' an injured tourist said at the Soura Medical Institute. ' ;I could only hear cries and shrieks,' he added. Police said a young girl Sabina died on the spot. Later four others, including local girl Nusrat, succumbed to injuries at the hospital. 'The condition of some of the injured is very critical,' doctors said. Some of the injured were rushed to the Bone and Joint Hospital. Police said the bus was carrying two Muslim families from Gujarat, who were staying with a family friend in Srinagar. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed grief over loss of lives. He asked the authorities to look into the cause of the explosion.Deputy Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Farooq Ahmed said, 'Nothing can be said about the cause of the blast as we are ascertaining the same.' A report, however, suggested that a cylinder fitted for air conditioning exploded and caused the blast. 'All aspects are being looked into,' Mr. Ahmed said. No militant organisation has claimed responsibility so far.


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