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School students killed in grenade blast in Jammu

ANI  Rajouri, January 31, 2013
First Published: 12:44 IST(31/1/2013) | Last Updated: 14:47 IST(31/1/2013)

A grenade attack killed at least two school students in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

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Militancy has plagued the valley since more than two decades and most of the time innocent civilians and children are the victims.

"The children were going to their school. We do not know how these children became the victims of the blast, in which they were killed," Mohammad Shabir, a local told the reporter.

Another local, Shokat Shawl, slammed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for making false claims with regards to prevalence of peace in the state.

"The chief minister claims that peace prevails in the state. I want to ask that if these people are not militants then who are these people who are promoting militancy and killing innocent children. These people who have committed atrocities on children should be brought to the fore and severely punished," said Shawl.

But officials say the rebel violence has dropped sharply after New Delhi and Islamabad launched a tentative peace process in 2004.


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