Worshippers Wounded In Grenade Attack On Kashmir Mosque
9 January 2004
Voice of America
New Delhi: Reports from the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir say at least 15 worshippers were wounded in a grenade attack at a crowded mosque Friday, while nine others were killed elsewhere in renewed violence. Police say unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade at a crowded mosque in Jammu just as worshippers streamed out after Friday prayers. No one claim responsibility for the attack in the region's winter capital. However, authorities generally blame Muslim militants for such violence. It was the first major attack in Kashmir since India and Pakistan resumed talks earlier this week to resolve their differences over a number of issues, including their decades-old dispute over the region. Elsewhere in Kashmir, Indian troops have killed nine suspected guerillas in three different gun battles. Islamic militant groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence from India. More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict. The militants have vowed to continue fighting Indian forces despite an agreement between India and Pakistan to launch talks on outstanding disputes. Both countries have since withdrawn some one million combat-ready troops from the Line of Control separating Indian and Pakistani parts of the Himalayan region.