Six Policemen Hurt In Kashmir Grenade Attack

24 August 2009
Agence France-Presse


Srinagar: Six policemen were injured when Muslim militants threw a hand grenade into their camp in Indian Kashmir, the first attack since the start of the fasting month of Ramadan, officials said Tuesday. The attack, in the summer capital Srinagar, came late Monday when Muslims were heading to mosques for evening prayers. 'A grenade hurled at our camp exploded, injuring six of our men,' said Prabhakar Tripathi, the spokesman for Central Reserve Police Force. It was the first attack launched by militants in the restive region since Ramadan began on Sunday. In the past, Ramadan in Kashmir has been marked by increased violence as Muslim militants believe those who die fighting during the holy month gain more heavenly rewards. But this year no rebel group has threatened to intensify attacks during Ramadan in the Himalayan region. The insurgency against Indian rule in the region has left more than 47,000 people dead since it began in 1989. Human rights groups put the toll at 70,000 dead and missing.