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Monday, June 13, 2005

Bomb in Kashmir

Reuters AlertNet:

Four people were killed and more than 60 wounded on Monday when a powerful bomb exploded in a busy town in Kashmir, security officials said. It was the worst incident of separatist violence in Kashmir since moderate separatist politicians began a historic trip to Pakistan on June 4 for talks on the disputed Himalayan region, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Witnesses said pieces of human flesh were scattered near the site of the explosion in Pulwama town south of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital. 'After a loud explosion I fell down and could only hear people screaming for help, after a while I saw my both legs were bleeding,' one of the victims, Mohammad Shafi, told Reuters. 'I have never witnessed such a devastating blast. We are still waiting for details,' Abdul Rashid, a police official, said. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which also damaged dozens of shops and vehicles.
While there has been quite a bit of good news between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue recently, this is a sobering reminder that violence is still the prefered option for many.


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