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14 Killed, 50 Injured as Bomb Explodes on India Passenger Train

November 12, 1999|Associated Press

JAMMU, India — A bomb exploded on a passenger train traveling through northern India on Thursday, killing 14 people and injuring 50 others, police said.

The Pooja Express had left Jammu, Kashmir's winter capital, for New Delhi when the explosion tore through the floor and roof of a carriage, bringing the train to a halt.

Police said the ferocity of the blast indicated that the explosive was placed inside the crowded, economy class carriage. The bodies of the victims were so mutilated that they couldn't immediately be identified, police said. The carriage appeared to be carrying mostly soldiers and border policemen.

Eleven of the injured were in serious condition.

Police said they didn't know who was behind the explosion but suspected the involvement of Kashmiri militants. Kashmir is wracked by a separatist insurgency, and militants have targeted civilians in their fight for secession from India.

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