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Tuesday, 16 April, 2002, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Kashmir blast kills three
Soldiers keeping watch on a highway
The attack took place on a highway
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say three civilians have been killed and 20 others wounded in a land mine explosion near the capital, Srinagar.

Suspected militants detonated the mine while an army vehicle passed by on a highway at Awantipora, 20 kilometres south of the capital.

However, it missed the intended target and caused civilian casualties instead, including a teenage student.

Police and local residents said the soldiers fired retaliatory shots after the attack and that one of the civilians may have died in the firing.

"I saw blood gushing from my brother's shoulder," the Associated Press quoted one of the victims, Bilal Ahmad Elahi, as saying.

"We were on our way to school and saw the earth shake beneath us," he said.

Six of the injured have been brought to Srinagar for treatment, where doctors say two of them are in a serious condition

It is not yet clear who is behind this attack.

See also:

08 Apr 02 | South Asia
Ten killed in Kashmir attack
06 Apr 02 | South Asia
Indian police warn of Kashmir 'plot'
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