Indian security forces killed in Kashmir blast: Reports

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Indian security forces killed in Kashmir blast: Reports

At least 12 Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and several others injured in a blast in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to local media reports.

A car fitted with explosives rammed into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Lethora village in the southern part of the disputed Himalayan region.

According to the Associated Press news agency, more than 20 personnel were wounded in the attack.

“An IED went off as a CRPF convoy passed by,” senior police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said.

“We have 12 CRPF fatalities. We are evacuating the injured from the site and don’t have their number at the moment.”

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim the Himalayan territory in full.

India maintains roughly 500,000 soldiers and regularly cracks down on protesters, firing tear gas and pellet guns at demonstrators.

Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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