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Grenade injures dozens, kills 1 in India’s part of Kashmir amid spike in tensions with Pakistan

Grenade injures dozens, kills 1 in India’s part of Kashmir amid spike in tensions with Pakistan
Dozens of people were injured on Thursday, one of them killed, after a grenade exploded at a bus stop in Jammu, one of the biggest cities in the Indian-controlled part of the disputed Kashmir region.

The grenade reportedly detonated under a bus, with the explosion producing a lot of flying shrapnel inside the vehicle. It shattered the windows of the bus and several other vehicles parked nearby, according to local media.

“It seems that the grenade was brought from outside and rolled under the bus,” MK Sinha, the city police chief, said.
The casualty report was updated several times over the day, with the latest putting the number of injured at 29. One person was killed in the incident, according to the police.

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The injured were taken to Jammu’s Government Medical College and Hospital, with two remaining in critical condition. Police cordoned off the scene of the incident.

“The attack was clearly intended to disturb the state’s internal peace. We are collecting evidence and an investigation is underway. No suspect has been taken into custody yet,” Sinha said.

Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since Britain partitioned its colony in 1947. Last week, there was a major flare-up between the two nuclear-armed nations after India launched an air raid into Pakistani territory to bomb a suspected camp of a terrorist group responsible for a deadly suicide bombing in February. The next day, Pakistan sent warplanes to attack targets on the Indian side as a show of force, resulting in the first direct air engagement since the 1971 war.

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