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Blast and Gun Battle in Kashmir Leave 3 Dead

April 17, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Suspected Muslim rebels set off a bomb as an army convoy passed and a gun battle ensued in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing three civilians. Twenty others were injured, mostly schoolchildren.

The blast killed two people, and a third died in the cross-fire in Awantipora, south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, police Supt. Vijay Kumar said.

"According to an intercept [of a radio transmission] we got soon after, it was carried out by the Hezb-ul-Moujahedeen," Kumar said, referring to a Pakistan-based Kashmiri separatist group.

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