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Suicide bomb attack in Kashmir hurts soldiers


At least two soldiers have been injured in a suicide bomb attack on a military vehicle in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, officials say.

Security officials corrected earlier reports that said the two had been killed by the blast, near Rawalakot.

The Pakistani part of the disputed Kashmir region has been largely free of militant violence until several attacks in recent months.

Earlier this month three soldiers died in a suicide bombing near Rawalakot.

The violence has fuelled concern that Taliban militants are trying to expand their campaign from their north-west heartland on the Afghan border.

In Saturday's attack, a suicide bomber jumped on to a military vehicle as it was turning into a road, said an official quoted by Reuters.

Pakistan's Geo TV reported that the area had been sealed off by security forces and the injured had been taken to a military hospital.

India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir and have fought two wars over it.

Rawalakot is not far from the de facto border with India.

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