Two blasts rock Kashmir
9 January 2001
Srinagar: Kashmir valley was rocked by two major blasts today, including one at the Central Telegraph Office, which injured 54 people while in other incidents a Congress leader and three militants were among 10 killed. The militants made yet another abortive bid to blow up the heavily-guarded CTO here when they detonated a powerful improvised explosive device near one of its gates this morning. Of the 32 civilians injured, three received serious injuries. In another blast, at least 22 bystanders were injured in a grenade explosion at Ganglat mandi in south kashmir this afternoon, taking the number of injured in the day to 54. Elsewhere in the valley, a Congress leader, five security personnel and three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were among 10 people killed. In other incidents during the past 24 hours, forces captured three Hizbul Mujahideen militants and a senior separatist leader escaped a bid on his life. Official sources said that militants detonated the device at the CTO around 9.50 a.m. when people had started lining up to deposit telephone bills. At least 32 people were injured, three critically, in the blast which was so powerful that windowpanes of the nearby main telephone exchange building and the United News of India office were shattered. An official spokesman said 22 injured were discharged from the hospital after receiving first aid. One very seriously injured was rushed to the SK Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura. The blast occurred barely 48 hours after five Lashkar-e-Taiyaba militants made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the high security airport in police uniform. The injured said that at the SMHS hospital that while they were depositing their telephone bills, they heard a big sound following which the area was engulfed in smoke.Abdul Majid from Batmaloo said that before he could understand what had happened, he felt his head was bleeding profusely and saw injured people lying on the road.