10 killed in Valley

Published November 16, 2003

SRINAGAR, Nov 15: Ten people were killed in occupied Kashmir, while attacks near the province’s holiest mosque and a Christian school left nine injured, police said on Saturday.

A bomb planted in a three-wheeler taxi went off on Saturday as Indian soldiers passed by the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, injuring three civilians and three troops of the Border Security Force, police said.

Hizbul Mujahedin claimed responsibility for the blast, Srinagar-based media said.

In the southern town of Pulwama, Kashmiri fighters hurled a hand grenade at a Christian missionary school that went off in the lawn, injuring two Muslim employees of the school and a police guard, police said.

Gunmen had opened fire on a bus of the same school, Good Shepherd Mission, on Thursday without causing injuries.

Christians have rarely been attacked in the 14-year struggle against Indian rule in Kashmir.

Separately, an Indian soldier and three Mujahideen were killed on Saturday in Rajouri district, 150 kilometres west of Jammu, senior police official S.M. Sahai said. He said the gunbattle was triggered when the army cordoned off Rajdhani village where two or three kashmiri fighters were still trapped.—AFP

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