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Last Updated: Monday, 5 April, 2004, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Kashmir grenade blast 'wounds 50'
At least 50 people, mostly civilians, have been injured in a grenade attack at a market in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

The incident happened in the town of Pulwama, south of the state's summer capital, Srinagar.

Police say suspected militants threw the grenade at an army convoy but it missed its target and exploded on a busy road.

More than 35,000 people have died in over a decade of violence in Kashmir.

Police say that at least eight people were seriously wounded in the Pulwama attack, and that all those hurt were civilians apart from three policemen.

No group has so far said it carried out the attack.

Pulwama is about 50km (30 miles) south of Srinagar, and hundreds of people use the market and nearby bus station.

Peace moves

Islamic militant groups have been fighting in Indian-administered Kashmir since 1989, and the dispute is one of the principal causes of tension between India and Pakistan.

But recent peace overtures have eased tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Some Kashmiri militants have vowed to continue fighting Indian government forces until Delhi cedes control of its part of the Himalayan territory.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since independence from Britain in 1947.


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