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Grenade blast near Kashmir school
People help the wounded in Srinagar
Passers by rush to help the wounded
Two women have died of their wounds after a grenade exploded near a school in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

More than 40 people, most of them boys and girls at the school, were injured.

Police say the grenade was aimed at a security force vehicle stationed near the school. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It comes as Indian and Pakistan have been making progress in efforts to resolve their claims over Kashmir.

'Sudden explosion'

"Students were coming out of the main gate after the school closed for the day when a vehicle belonging to the security forces came and stood there," Adil, one of the students at the Tyndale Bisco Christian school, told the BBC.


"The guards came out of the vehicle and stopped the traffic to allow for easy passage of their vehicle when suddenly there was an explosion."

The boy said the grenade hit an auto rickshaw that was passing by instead of the security vehicle it was probably meant for.

Blast site in Kashmir
The aftermath of Wednesday's blast

Doctors said some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

It is the second blast in Srinagar in two days.

On Wednesday two people were killed in a blast claimed by the Al-Nasirin militant group.

It was the first explosion in Srinagar since the launch in April of a historic cross-Kashmir bus service.

Opposed to bus

More than 40,000 people have died in 14 years of insurgency in Kashmir.

The two nuclear rivals have fought two wars over the territory but embarked on a peace process 18 months ago.

The latest step last month was the start of the first bus service to cross the Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir.

The move was largely welcomed by Kashmiris but militants opposed to Indian rule vowed to disrupt it.

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