Two tourists killed in gas cylinder blast, not grenade: Police (Second Lead)

July 28th, 2012 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, July 28 (IANS) Two women tourists from Maharashtra were killed and four others were injured in Kashmir’s Anantnag district Saturday when a gas cylinder on their vehicle exploded, police said, clarifying it was not a grenade attack by militants.

“Today (Saturday), a cylinder exploded in a vehicle, bearing registration number JK02AP/0676 and which was on way from Srinagar to Pahalgam, at Zuripora (Anantnag), falling under the jurisdiction of police station Bijbehara, in which six passengers were injured, of whom two died,” a police statement here said.

Police had earlier said that separatist guerrillas hurled a grenade at the Tempo Traveller vehicle, resulting in the death of the two women and injuries to six others. The last grenade attack on tourists by militants occurred in 2006.

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