Three children among five killed in Srinagar explosion (Lead)

July 24th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS  


Srinagar, July 24 (IANS) Five people, including three children and a woman, were killed and 18 wounded in a massive explosion Thursday inside a busy bus yard here, police said. The police said separatist guerrillas triggered a bomb inside the Batamaloo bus depot, barely half a kilometre from the civil secretariat in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Three children, a woman and a man were killed on the spot in the massive explosion by the militants,” a police officer told IANS.

The officer said the dead were non-local civilians whose identities were being established.

The police are also investigating whether the explosion was an improvised explosive device (IED) or a grenade.

The 18 injured, most of them non-Kashmiris, have been taken to a hospital, the police said.

The intercity bus depot from where buses ply to the major towns and villages of the Kashmir Valley was thronged by hundreds of commuters when the explosion occurred.

The area has been sealed.

This is the second major attack by separatist guerrillas in Srinagar in the past few days. Insurgents attacked an Indian Army convoy here July 19 triggering a massive blast that left seven soldiers dead.

Terrorist activities have picked up in Jammu and Kashmir since last week and 18 people have been killed and about 60 injured in a series of attacks.

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