Suicide attack wounds two in Pakistan Kashmir: police

A suicide attack wounded two security personnel in Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

The attacker detonated his explosives near an army vehicle in Dothan, a town 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Muzaffarabad, the region's capital, police said.

"It was a suicide blast, the target was an army vehicle," senior police official Sardar Khurshid told AFP by telephone.

"Two security personnel have been injured. The injured were immediately shifted to the nearby hospital," Chaudry Raqeeb, a senior administrative official told AFP by telephone.

It was the fifth suicide bombing in Pakistani Kashmir since the first such attack in the zone last June. On December 27, a suicide bomber killed seven people outside a Shiite Muslim mosque in Muzaffarabad.

Attacks blamed mostly on the Taliban have killed more than 2,900 people across Pakistan since July 2007, concentrated in the northwest and major cities rather than the northern mountains and eastern border with India.

Kashmir was split in two in the bloody aftermath of independence from British rule over the subcontinent in 1947. Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan each control a part of the mountainous land but both claim the region in full.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in a nearly 20-year revolt in Indian Kashmir, where Muslim militants have fought against New Delhi's rule, but bomb attacks are rare in the Pakistani administered zone.

Source: AFP

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