Six Indian soldiers injured in car bomb blast in occupied Kashmir

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A car bombing targeted an armored vehicle belonging to the Indian army in disputed Kashmir late Monday, wounding at least six soldiers and two civilians, officials said. Separately, an army officer and a suspected rebel were killed in a gunbattle.

The Indian army said the attack was a “failed attempt” to target an army patrol in the southern Pulwama area. “The damage was minimized due to the alertness of the patrol party,” said Col. Rajesh Kalia, an army spokesman.

None of the rebel groups fighting against Indian rule since 1989 immediately claimed responsibility.

The injured were hospitalized. Officials did not describe the seriousness of their injuries.

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