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UPDATED: 07:59, November 17, 2005
4 killed, 49 injured in Kashmir car bomb blast
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The death toll of a massive car bomb blast in Srinagar, summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir, rose to four while 49 were injured Wednesday.

The blast took place at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday outside the corporate headquarters of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, only 1.5 km away from the city center, the police said.

Among the dead, three were civilians and one was a bank guard.

The Police said the car bomb might target Usman Majid, a senior local legislator. According to witnesses, the explosive-laden car exploded when the motorcade of Majid passed by the bank building.

Majid's escorted bulletproof car suffered massive damage during the blast and Majid himself received facial burns.

The city has been facing threats of militant attacks in the past few days. On Monday a grenade was thrown at the busy downtown of Srinagar, killing two, and attackers exchanged fire with security forces for 36 hours.

On Tuesday, a grenade was lobbed at a political rally in Tangmarg, 40 km from here, killing five people and injuring 58.

Source: Xinhua

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