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Suspected Islamic militant grenade kills 2

May 14, 2006

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— Suspected Islamic militants hurled a grenade at a Hindu political rally in the Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir on Saturday, killing two people and wounding at least 35, police and doctors said.

The explosion in the town of Doda targeted a political rally organized by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to protest the killings of 35 Hindus in attacks earlier this month, said Mustaq Ahmed, a local police officer.

One man died at the scene, and another succumbed to injuries on his way to a hospital, Ahmed said. At least 35 people were wounded, he said. Four were in serious condition, said Basir Ahmed, the medical superintendent at the hospital treating them.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But police blamed separatist militants fighting for Muslim-majority Kashmir's independence from predominantly Hindu India or its merger with mostly Muslim Pakistan.

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