Three Hurt As Police Defuse Bomb On Kashmir Airport Road

7 August 2008
Agence France-Presse

Srinagar: Three Indian policemen were injured Thursday after they defused a large bomb planted alongside the road leading to Kashmir's high-security airport, officials said. The route is used daily by senior officials, civilians and the military. 'The powerful bomb was concealed in a roadside garbage bin,' a police spokesman told AFP. 'It was an 80-kilogramme IED (improvised explosive device) connected to 17 detonators,' he said, adding that a major tragedy had been averted. He said the three police officers were wounded when one of the detonators exploded in a police station in nearby Srinagar while they were inspecting it. India said last week that the airport would soon welcome international flights. Violence in Indian Kashmir has fallen sharply since India and Pakistan started a peace process in 2004, though violent attacks - which police blamed on militants - erupted in July.