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Last Updated: Friday, 14 April 2006, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
'Five killed' in Kashmir violence
Paramilitary soldiers carry away a wounded colleague in Srinagar
The grenades were targeted at the security forces
Suspected militants have killed at least four civilians in a series of grenade attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

A fifth civilian died after police opened fire on the suspected militants.

At least 17 others were injured in the attacks in the state's summer capital, Srinagar, the authorities said.

More than 60,000 people have been killed since 1989, when an armed separatist insurgency began in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Police say two civilians, including a girl, were killed when militants attacked a police post located on a busy street near the city's Dal lake, a major tourist attraction.

"After a deafening explosion I could only see people shouting for help and others were running for cover," Mohammad Ramzan, one of the victims, is quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

"I was bleeding and police took me to the hospital," he added.

Map showing Pakistan- and Indian-administered Kashmir

Another civilian died when police opened fire on the militants.

A second grenade attack took place when a truck carrying Indian paramilitary soldiers was passing by in another part of the city.

Two civilians, one of them a woman, died in that attack which also injured four people, including two soldiers, officials said.

There were at least two other grenade attacks in other parts of the city, causing some injuries, reports say.

All the blasts took place within the space of an hour, creating panic, the BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says.

Violence has decreased in Indian-administered Kashmir following a peace process between India and Pakistan which began in 2004.

Both countries lay claim to Muslim majority Kashmir in its entirety and have fought two wars over the region since 1947.


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