One dead in Indian Kashmir grenade blast

August 13, 2009

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) -- One person was killed and nine others injured Wednesday when suspected Muslim militants threw a grenade at a busy bus terminal in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said.

The incident took place in Sopore town, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of summer capital Srinagar.
“Militants hurled a grenade at a police bunker which missed its target and hit the civilians,” a police spokesman said, adding the man who died was a 63-year-old Muslim.
Violence has escalated in the Muslim-majority region ahead of India's independence day holiday on August 15, which marks the end of British rule in 1947.
Over the past ten days, the Indian army has foiled nine attempts by rebels to infiltrate from the Pakistani zone of the disputed Kashmir region. The fighting has left nearly 20 militants and three soldiers dead.
India accuses Pakistan of training, arming and funding rebels battling New Delhi's rule in Indian Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies.
The separatist insurgency in Kashmir has left more than 47,000 people dead, according to an official count.