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34 wounded in Kashmir bus blast

The bus was extensively damaged by the blast.
The bus was extensively damaged by the blast.

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- A roadside bomb attack on a military convoy has wounded at least 34 Indian army soldiers, some critically, police said.

Hizbul Mujahideen, a militant group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, clamed responsibility for Tuesday attack in a phone call to a news agency.

The soldiers were traveling in a bus when an improvised explosive device detonated along the strategic Srinagar-Baramulla highway in Lawapora, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) north of Srinagar, also damaging other vehicles in the convoy.

Police said the bus was extensively damaged and traffic along the highway was stopped.

The injured were taken to a hospital in Srinagar.

In an incident late Monday, at least 10 people were wounded in grenade attack in Kashmir's winter capital, Jammu.

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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