Two Bus Passengers Killed In Kashmir Shootout
21 July 2005
Srinagar: Two bus passengers were killed and three were wounded on Thursday when they were caught in an exchange of fire between militants and soldiers in Indian Kashmir, police said. The firefight, which lasted over 30 minutes, erupted after suspected Muslim guerrillas launched grenades at a security camp on the outskirts of Sopore town, north of Srinagar, the Himalayan state's summer capital. The militants escaped. 'Everybody was running for cover, traffic came to a standstill. Panic spread in the area,' a police official said. The incident came a day after a suicide bomber drove into a military jeep in Srinagar, killing six people, including himself. India says there has been a spurt in incursions by Muslim militants fighting New Delhi's rule in the region. On Tuesday, the army said militants were crossing from the Pakistani sector of Kashmir as snow melted on mountain passes, but said the incursions were not on a scale to harm the peace process between India and Pakistan that was launched in 2003. Thousands have died in Indian Kashmir since a separatist revolt broke out in 1989. India accuses Pakistan of allowing militants to train on its soil, a charge Islamabad denies.