July 2007 News

Kashmir Tourist Bus Blast Toll Rises To Seven

30 July 2007
The Times of India

Srinagar: The death toll from a blast inside a tourist bus in Kashmir at the weekend rose to seven on Monday as police said they were still investigating the cause. 'We are awaiting forensic reports,' senior police officer Shri Murari Sahai told reporters in the state summer capital Srinagar where a blast ripped through the bus on Sunday near the city's scenic Mughal-built gardens. Sahai said six people died on Sunday, including two young girls, while the seventh tourist died in Srinagar's main hospital Monday morning. The bus was carrying more than 25 passengers, with police saying 19 were injured. 'The cause of explosion is under investigation. We cannot rule out anything,' Sahai said. Last year, 15 Indian tourists were killed and more than 70 others wounded in a series of grenade attacks by suspected militants fighting against New Delhi's rule in the divided region. The insurgency has claimed tens of thousands of lives. This year, one person was killed and 25 others wounded in two attacks on pilgrims headed to a revered Hindu cave shrine in the Himalayas.


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