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At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded, on Sunday 06/13/2005, after a bomb exploded in the bustling city of Pulwama in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

A car or truck bomb exploded between a school and a post office around 11:45 a.m. police said, damaging the school and at least 16 shops in the vicinity, as well as a number of vehicles.

Indian Deputy Inspector-General (South Kashmir) Sheikh Owais Ahmed said, “The explosive, which we believe was RDX and weighed not less than 40 kg, must have been kept in the car along with an improvised explosive device.”

Police used tear gas to disperse crowds of townspeople who were angered by the bombing in the town, which lays about 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) south of Srinagar the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.

Recently tensions between India and Pakistan have abated, and the leaders of the two countries have embarked on a series of measures to resolve a spate of security issues, including the hotly disputed Kashmir. The neighbors have already enforced a total cease-fire between forces lined up on each side of the border and have resumed air, rail and bus links.

Also on Sunday, shortly before the bombing, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it was time to convert the world’s highest battlefield into a mountain of peace.

Speaking to his soldiers on Sunday, Singh – the first Indian prime minister to visit the Siachen Glacier outpost in an altitude of about 5,000 meters – said while India would not negotiate on changing the map, it was time to convert the hostile heights of Siachen into a “peace mountain”.

No group claimed responsibility on the attack but the usage of RDX insinuated that a Pakistani supported group is behind the bombing.


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