Six killed in Jammu and Kashmir blast (Lead)

April 21st, 2009 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, April 21 (IANS) At least six people, including a woman, were killed Tuesday when a powerful bomb blew up the vehicle the victims were travelling in in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The bombing occurred two days ahead of the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Five people were also injured when the Tata pickup was blown up in the explosion in mountainous Marha area of Poonch district, about 230 km northwest of Jammu, said Brigadier General Staff of 16 Corps Brig. Gurdeep Singh.

“From the nature of the blast, it appeared that the explosive was planted inside the engine of the vehicle,” Singh told IANS.

According to police officials, three Village Defence Committee (VDC) members were among the six killed who died on the spot. The injured were rushed to an army hospital in Surankot.

VDCs are village volunteer groups armed by the government as the first line of defence against militants in remote mountainous areas.

Voting in Poonch was held in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections April 16. The neighbouring Udhampur-Doda constituency votes in the second phase Thursday.

Violence in the terror-ravaged state has escalated ahead of the polls with authorities saying infiltration from Pakistan has also increased in recent times.

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