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Police in Indian Kashmir Report First Female Suicide Bomber

Police in Indian Kashmir say a Muslim woman has died when a bomb she was carrying exploded.

A militant group claimed she was a suicide bomber who killed or injured five soldiers, but police denied there were any casualties.

The separatist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, called the Srinagar-based Current News Service Thursday to say she blew up an army vehicle, killing five soldiers. A spokesman identified the attacker as Hafsa, a member of the women's wing of the group.

While Kashmiri militants use women members for transporting arms and explosives, they have never used them as suicide bombers.

Muslim separatists in Indian Kashmir are fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. The fight against Indian rule has killed tens of thousands of people since it began in 1989.

Some information in this report provided by AP and AFP.