Monday, June 13, 2005
(Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)
Kashmiri Muslims flee after police opened fire and threw teargas shells to disperse a crowd in Pulwama, some 30kms south of Srinagar. At least twelve people were killed and 80 injured when a powerful car bomb blamed on Islamic rebels exploded outside a roadside school in the busy southern Kashmir town, Indian police and the army said.(AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)Twelve dead, 80 injured as car bomb explodes outside school in Kashmir.
PULWAMA, India (AFP) - At least twelve people were killed and 80 injured when a powerful car bomb blamed on Islamic rebels exploded outside a roadside school in a busy southern Kashmir town, Indian police and the army said.A similar bombing killed two at a Christian school in May.
The blast shook the town of Pulwama, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar, at around 11.00 am (0530 GMT) when it was bustling with life.
Police said six people were killed at the site while another six died in hospitals or on their way to Srinagar's main hospital.
Two badly mutilated bodies were seen lying under a damaged truck before police gathered body parts and placed them in a bag. Only the engine of the car in which the explosive was planted remained.
"So far 12 people have died and over 80 are injured," a spokesman said, adding three of the dead were federal police officers. Eight of those hurt in the blast were in critical condition.
Bleeding students fled the school, leaving behind their books and shoes which lay scattered in the grounds and classrooms. At least 12 of the injured were high school students but police could not immediately indicate their conditions.
Army spokesman Vijay Batra attributed the explosion to a car bomb. "It was a car bomb detonated by militants," Batra said.