10 killed in Kashmir violence

Ten people have been killed and more than 60 injured in a bloody day of violence in Kashmir.

    Indian troops are targeted daily in Kashmir

    In one incident, a person died and 53 others were injured in the

    Battamaloo area of Srinagar when rebels

    hurled a grenade at a security patrol.

    The grenade missed its target and exploded at a bus stand, a

    police spokesman said.

    "The condition of at least half-a-dozen

    civilians is serious," he said, adding they were being treated

    in Srinagar's main hospital.

    Grenade explosion

    Another civilian was killed and seven others were injured on Monday in a

    grenade explosion in the southern town of Anantnag, 50 km

    south of Srinagar.

    The grenade was also said to have been hurled at a security force vehicle, but it

    missed the target and exploded in a busy market.

    Grenade attacks occur frequently in the Himalayan

    region, where separatists have been fighting Indian rule for

    the past 14 years.

    Another Muslim civilian was killed and two policemen injured in

    two successive overnight landmine blasts in the village of Dhurian

    Dhole, in southern Poonch district, police said.

    Ambush

    And rebels killed two Indian soldiers and injured another in

    a late night ambush in the neighbouring forests of Topi Peer

    .

    Kashmir is divided between 
    Pakistani and Indian control  

    Police said suspected rebels shot dead two Muslims including a

    school student in the districts of Kupwara and Doda on

    Monday.

    Indian troops shot dead three rebels in Phulwama and Kupwara

    districts on the same day.

    Meanwhile, resistance fighters are believed to have taken several

    villagers hostage in Pulwama district after troops surrounded a

    house where they were hiding.

    Siege

    Police said security forces laid seige to a residence in the

    Tharin village of Pulwama district early on Monday after a tip-off that rebels

    were hiding there.

    "There was initial exchange of fire between the two sides that

    stopped after sometime," a police source said.

    He said security officers had urged a few villagers to enter the

    house to persuade the fighters to surrender and prevent the

    destruction of property or casualties.

    At least six villagers went inside, but did not return.

    Insurgency

    Security forces have surrounded the house, but have yet to make a

    rescue attempt by breaking in.

    More than 39,500 people have died in Indian Kashmir since the

    eruption of insurgency in the region in 1989, according to Indian

    figures.

    However, separatists put the toll between 80,000 and 100,000.

    SOURCE: AFP


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