Thirteen killed in Kashmir violence
SRINAGAR: Two powerful explosions shook a crowded residential area in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, killing six people and wounding 40 others, said Central Reserve Police Force Hari Lal.
Suspected insurgents triggered a small bomb that detonated a bigger bomb in an abandoned car on a busy street in Srinagar, said Lal. The nearly simultaneous blasts killed three soldiers and three civilians, he said adding that 30 civilians and 10 soldiers were injured in the explosions, which also damaged several vehicles. Lal said the explosions also damaged dozens of nearby buildings, adding the destroyed vehicle’s twisted metal was scattered over 50 metres. A spokesman for the Pakistan-based militant group Al-Nasireen claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to the Current News Service, a local news agency. Meanwhile, police said that suspected militants attacked an army patrol killing two soldiers in Chunti-Mulla village.
Indian soldiers also intercepted and shot dead three guerrillas attempting to infiltrate Jammu and Kashmir from AJK near Tangdhar sector, said defence spokesman Lt Col VK Batra. Suspected militants gunned down a schoolteacher and a former militant in two other incidents, said police. agencies