Two killed, 45 wounded in Kashmir explosion
6 January 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi: Two civilians were killed and 45 people including four soldiers wounded in a powerful blast in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday.Police said separatist guerrillas tossed a grenade at a passing vehicle of counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in the busy main market at Shopian, 75 km from here.'The market was humming with activity when the grenade exploded. One civilian identified as Muhammad Yusuf Lone died on the spot while 45 people including four RR troopers were wounded,' Pulwama Senior Superintendent of Police Nitish Kumar told IANS.Later in the evening, a critically wounded person, identified as Muhammad Akram Shah, succumbed to injuries in the sub-district hospital at Shopian.'Ten critically injured people including three soldiers were referred by doctors to capital Srinagar for specialized treatment,' a police officer said here.Security forces and police immediately surrounded the market place and mounted searches.No group had yet claimed responsibility for the explosion that led to panic and tension in the town where security was beefed up after the incident.