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Bus bombings kill 15 in Jammu

india map March 29, 1997
Web posted at: 6:14 p.m. EST (2314 GMT)

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 15 people were killed and 60 others were injured Saturday when two explosions ripped through a bus station in Jammu. Among the injured were several women and children, police said.

Eyewitnesses said one tourist bus was gutted by the first blast and two others parked nearby were badly damaged by a second explosion a few minutes later.

The injured were rushed to the Government Medical College in Jammu, the winter capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state. At least 16 people were listed in serious condition, officials said.

Witnesses said an angry crowd gathered at the bus station and hurled stones at police and emergency workers as they worked to clear the scene.

The blasts occurred on the second day of crucial talks between senior Indian and Pakistani diplomats in New Delhi, the first in three years between the bitter rivals.

The last round of talks in January 1994 collapsed over Kashmir, where a separatist Muslim revolt has been raging since 1990 in the part of the Himalayan territory controlled by India. Pakistan rules one-third of the Kashmir valley and India the rest.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's blasts.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 
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