- Title: INDIA: Nine Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir explosion
- Date: 20th July 2008
- Summary: VEHICLES OF SECURITY PERSONNEL PASSING DAMAGED VEHICLE SECURITY PERSONNEL AT THE SITE OF THE ATTACK DAMAGED VEHICLE AT SIDE OF THE ROAD/ CARS GOING BY DAMAGED VEHICLE BELONGINGS OF THE SECURITY PERSONNEL MORE OF DAMAGED VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) BRIGADIER K. A. MUTHANA, COMMANDER OF 10 SECTOR, SAYING: "This was our army convoy on the way to Srinagar, unarmed soldiers, who were going on leave were travelling in this transit bus. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted on a roadside, the explosion of which caused the damage to this vehicle. There are around seven fatal causalities and rest have sustained minor injuries." SECURITY PERSONNEL/ CAMERA OPERATOR AT SITE OF ATTACK
- Embargoed: 4th August 2008 09:51
- Location: India
- Country: India
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
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- Story Text: At least nine Indian soldiers are killed and over 20 wounded when their vehicle ran over a landmine near Kashmir's main city.
At least nine Indian soldiers were killed and 16 wounded on Saturday (July 19) when their vehicle detonated a landmine in the biggest attack on Indian soldiers in recent months.
Their army bus was blown up near Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, two days ahead of a new round of India-Pakistan peace talks opposed by Kashmiri separatist militants.
Kashmir's frontline rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack. A caller who identified himself as Ehsan Elahi, spokesman of Hizbul Mujahideen, told Reuters more than two dozen soldier had been killed.
"This was our army convoy on the way to Srinagar, unarmed soldiers, who were going on leave were travelling in this transit bus. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted on a roadside, the explosion of which caused the damage to this vehicle. There are around seven fatal causalities and rest have sustained minor injuries," said Brigadier K. A.
Muthana, Commander of 10 Sector.
Violence involving Indian troops and separatist militants has declined since a peace process began in 2004 between India and Pakistan, who both claim Kashmir and have fought two wars over the Himalayan region.
But people are still killed in daily shootouts and occasional bomb attacks that security agencies have warned will rise ahead of local elections due later this year.
On Friday more than 30 people, including 10 children, were wounded when suspected separatist militants lobbed a grenade near a crowded bus stop in south Kashmir.
Officials say more than 43,000 people have been killed since the revolt against New Delhi's rule broke out in 1989. Human rights groups put the toll at about 60,000 dead or missing.
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