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Five Hindu Pilgrims Among Twelve Killed in Amarnath Blast

on 2001/7/21 9:49:02 ( 1255 reads )


SRINAGAR, INDIA, July 21, 2001: Twelve people were killed in a big explosion near Sheshnag, 28 kilometers from southern Kashmir, on the heavily guarded route to the pilgrimage cave at Amarnath, victims of an attack by suspected Muslim separatist guerrillas. Among those killed were two police officers. The other casualties were a militant, three civilians and five pilgrims, including three women. The yatra has been temporarily suspended after the blast, with 300 pilgrims being stopped at Anantnag from going on to Pahalgam. No more pilgrims are being allowed to proceed from Jammu either. No guerrilla group claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, the latest in a rash of violence across the Himalayan state.

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