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Violence Mounts Ahead of Historic Kashmir Bus Launch


Police in Indian Kashmir say an explosion on the route of the first bus service between the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir in almost six decades has wounded seven people.

Police say the bomb went off today,Tuesday, north of Srinagar, shortly after soldiers found two other bombs planted along the road and safely defused them.

The explosion on the heavily-patrolled highway comes two days before the inauguration of new bus service to link the capitals of the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir, Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. It followed threats by Muslim militants against passengers planning to take the maiden trip.

Meanwhile, violence in the Himalayan region continues. Indian security forces killed at least five Islamic militants in two separate incidents, while two soldiers were killed by militants trying to sneak into Indian territory.

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