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Over 40 dead in suicide attack in Kashmir

the Attack outside the city of Srinagar is the deadliest directed against the indian government in two years. The number of people killed has climbed to 44.

the Bus, which was attackens target belonging to the federal forces in India's central reservpolis (CRPF). Witnesses tell how the blast was heard several kilometres away and the tv images showing how the parts of the vehicle spread out over the roadway.

islamistgrupperingen Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the deed. The indian government is targeting debt in the same direction.

"We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and a terrorist group acting from their territory", reads a statement from India's ministry of foreign affairs.

The indian prime minister Narendra Modi condemns the deed via Twitter:

”the Sacrifices of our brave security forces will not be in vain.”

the Conflict in Kashmir has been going on for decades but has escalated in the past year. CRPF forces are a militarily organised police organisation which assist the indian military in the region.

Pakistan's foreign ministry announces that it is taking the matter very seriously – but rejects insinuations that the pakistani state bears responsibility.

in a decade in Kashmir. According to the human rights organisation JKCCS killed 586 people in the area in the last year. Almost half were warring separatists, but also the 160 civilians, including 31 children, lost their lives.

Politicians and experts believe that the more than 500 to 000 soldiers, which India has stationed in the area means that 2019 does not appear to be a more peaceful year.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the countries became independent from Britain in 1947. Both India and Pakistan claim the entire territory. Since 1989, a number of separatistgrupper fought against the indian soldiers in the region. Many people want to see a united Kashmir, either during the pakistani rule, or as an independent country.

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