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Grenade Attack Kills Paramilitary Trooper in Indian Kashmir

  • VOA News

Muslim rebels in Indian Kashmir have killed one paramilitary trooper and badly wounded another in a grenade attack. Indian soldiers later responded by raiding a house they were hiding in. Police say the battle took place in Sopore town, northwest of the region's summer capital, Srinagar. Police say two schoolgirls were also wounded in the shootout, which the Border Security Force blamed on the rebels. But Sopore residents say the girls were hit when Indian forces shot back after the grenade was lobbed at them. A reporter for VOA in Srinagar says hundreds of angry Sopore residents took to the streets to protest, shouting anti-Indian slogans. Shopkeepers closed down, and the streets were deserted after the incident. Muslim rebels in Indian Kashmir have been fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.
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