Six killed in fresh Kashmir violence
SRINAGAR: Separatist violence continued unabated in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday with suspected militants blowing-up a fuel truck killing one and injuring five, with another five people, including an army officer, dying elsewhere overnight.
Violence has whipped through the region in the past 10 days, linked to the onset of spring, with more than 65 people killed, including 24 Hindus who were lined up and sprayed with automatic gunfire by suspected Islamic militants in Nadi Marg village late on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, gunmen killed moderate leader Abdul Majid Dar in Sopore, 50 kilometres north of Srinagar. Police said on Wednesday a bomb exploded early in the morning in a fuel truck south of Kashmir, killing the driver and injuring five other people.
The truck was parked outside an oil depot in Jammu, Anand Sharma, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Petrol Tankers Association told reporters.
“The device was planted inside the engine when it went off at around 8.30 am,” Sharma said.
In other violence reported on Wednesday, an Indian army captain and a militant were killed overnight during a gun battle in northern Kupwara district, which borders Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a police spokesman said. —AFP