Grenade blasts in Kashmir's capital: 2 killed, 11 injured

Suspected separatist rebels carried out five near-simultaneous grenade attacks Friday in busy areas of the capital of Indian Kashmir, killing two persons and injuring at least eleven others, police said. A grenade attack on Hari Singh High Street, a busy road in Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, killed a young woman and a young man and injured six other people, said Superintendent of Police Anand Jain.

That blast occurred minutes after a grenade was hurled at an Indian paramilitary truck passing through one of the main thoroughfares in Srinagar , injuring two soldiers. A third grenade exploded at the city's main bus station, setting a bus on fire, Jain said, and another occurred in a neighborhood near the bus station. Details were not immediately available on those attacks.

The fifth attack occurred in another busy area of central Srinagar , leaving three civilians wounded, Jain said. The attacks happened over about 30 minutes, and in a radius of about two miles (three kilometers) of the city center.

An unidentified caller to the local news agency Current News Service, which is often contacted by militant groups, said the attacks were carried out by the separatist group Jamiat-ul-Mujahedeen. Various Islamic militant groups have been fighting Indian security forces in the insurgency-hit state of Jammu-Kashmir since 1989 to create a separate homeland or merge the Himalayan region into Pakistan , reports the AP.


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