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SLUG: 2-314774 Kashmir Explosion (S-O)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=04/05/04

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-314774

TITLE=KASHMIR/EXPLOSION (S-ONLY)

BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA

DATELINE=NEW DELHI

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INTRO: In Indian Kashmir, about 60 people were injured in a blast suspected to be set off by Muslim militants. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha reports on the latest violence in the region that has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan.

TEXT: Officials say Muslim rebels hurled a hand grenade at a passing security force patrol. It missed its target and exploded near a busy market in Pulwama town, about 30-kilometers south of Kashmir's summer capital, Srinagar.

Dozens of people, mostly civilians, were injured in the explosion. Women and children were among the victims.

It was the latest attack blamed on Muslim separatists in a region where more than 40-thousand people have died in a 14-year revolt aimed at wresting Kashmir from Indian control.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan - and in the past India has blamed Pakistan for supporting the Muslim insurgents.

Violence in the region has declined since the two countries agreed to hold peace talks earlier this year.

But some separatists have vowed to continue with their struggle. India accuses them of trying to disrupt improving relations between the two countries. (SIGNED)

NEB/HK/AP/KPD/RAE



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