Blast Near Kashmir Chief Priest's Office Wounds 2
16 November 2006
Srinagar: Suspected Muslim militants threw a grenade near the office of Kashmir's chief Muslim cleric on Thursday, wounding two civilians, police said. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the chairman of Kashmir's main separatist All Parties Hurriyat (freedom) Conference, alliance, was not in the building when the attack took place. The grenade was aimed at a police post near Farooq's office in downtown Srinagar, Kashmir's main city, but missed and hit two pedestrians, a police official said. The blast was the latest in a spate of attacks this week in Kashmir that coincided with talks between top diplomats from India and Pakistan on a range of issues including the decades- old dispute over Kashmir. The two sides, resuming talks after nearly a year, said they had finalised plans to set up a panel to tackle terrorism. No group claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack. Farooq's father, who also was Kashmir's chief cleric, was shot dead at his home in 1990 by unknown gunmen, months after the revolt against Indian rule erupted. More than 45,000 people have been killed in the revolt in Kashmir, the cause of two of the three India- Pakistan wars.