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Strike To Protest Deadline Bombing Shuts Down Srinagar

  • VOA News

A general strike called to protest Monday's deadly car bombing in Indian Kashmir has paralyzed life in Srinagar.

Schools, shops, and major businesses were closed on Tuesday. Government offices were open but public transport was off the roads.

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who called the strike, blamed Indian agents for the bombing in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, that killed 14 people and wounded 100 others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities blame Muslim separatists.

Mr. Geelani, who heads a pro-Pakistan faction of Kashmir's main separatist alliance, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has also demanded an independent investigation into the bombing.

Authorities say the bomb was planted on a truck and that the body of the driver was recovered at the scene.
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