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42 Dead in Kashmir Bus Plunge


The death toll from a bus accident Thursday afternoon in Indian Kashmir has risen to at least 42, with an equal number of people injured.

Local officials say the bus was carrying pilgrims to a holy site when it skidded off a mountain road some 165 kilometers north of Jammu and plunged into a deep ravine.

Meanwhile, violence in the disputed region continues. The Indian army says government troops raided a militant hide-out near the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, killing four suspected Muslim separatists.

Hours later, suspected rebels lobbed a grenade in Srinagar, wounding at least 15 people including children.

Muslim separatists in Indian Kashmir are fighting for an independent Kashmir or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.