Six wounded in grenade blast in Indian Kashmir‏

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A policeman and five others were injured in a grenade attack on Tuesday by suspected militants on army vehicles in Indian Kashmir, police said.

Indian Army in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: A policeman and five others were injured in a grenade attack on Tuesday by suspected militants on army vehicles in Indian Kashmir, police said.

“Militants hurled a grenade at two army vehicles that were parked along the highway injuring a head constable and five civilians,” superintendent of police, Ramesh Jala, told AFP over the phone.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the explosion in Anantnag town, 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar.

The attack comes less than a week after militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, one of around a dozen rebel groups fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan, killed two soldiers in an ambush in which one militant also died.

Last month, government forces claimed they had killed the chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir during an early morning gun-battle in the congested downtown area of Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.

Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan by a heavily militarised and UN-monitored line of control (LOC), with both countries claiming the disputed territory in full.

The Indian army claimed that it killed three militants on June 2 when they tried to cross the LOC from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

An anti-India insurgency that began in the disputed Himalayan territory in 1989 has largely waned, but militants appear to have stepped up their attacks since May.

India maintains deployment of an estimated 700,000 soldiers in the territory.

The conflict has left tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, dead.

Source: AFP

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