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Attack at Kashmir bus station

Though India and Pakistan have declared a cease-fire in Kashmir, insurgents have vowed to continue their fight.
Though India and Pakistan have declared a cease-fire in Kashmir, insurgents have vowed to continue their fight.

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SRINAGAR, Indian-Kashmir -- Two police officers have been killed and six others injured when militants hurled a grenade at a bus station in the town of Poonch in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The attack, by at least two militants on Wednesday, sparked a gunfight with security forces that wounded several others, police said.

After throwing a grenade at a police vehicle at the bus station, the attackers began to fire indiscriminately at civilians, police were quoted as saying by The Associated Press.

Security forces returned fire, killing one of the militants. A search was on for the other attackers who hid in nearby buildings.

A 14-year insurgency in Indian-Kashmir has killed an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people.

India says Pakistan trains, arms and funds the militants and orders them to attack Indian military and civilian targets but Islamabad denies the charge.

Last year, the two sides stood on the brink of war following an attack on India's parliament building in December 2001, which New Delhi blamed on Islamic militant groups backed by Pakistan.

Islamabad denied the accusation but vowed to clamp down on cross-border militancy.

Hopes for a lasting peace between the two bitter rivals were given a boost after both sides agreed to a cease-fire along the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

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