Suspected Islamic militants blew up a paramilitary bus in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir today, killing at least 26 soldiers and wounding 15 others, officials said.
The powerful explosion on the road connecting Sringar and Jammu in India’s Jammu-Kashmir state occurred when a Border Security Force convoy was passing by, said Neeraj Sharma, a spokesman for the paramilitary force.
Sharma said at least 26 soldiers died at the scene of the explosion, while 15 others were wounded, many critically.
Sharma blamed the attack on Islamic guerrillas who have been fighting security forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir for the region’s independence or its merger with mostly Muslim Pakistan.
The 14-year insurgency in India’s only Muslim-majority state has claimed more than 65,000 lives.