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Seven dead, 42 injured in blasts near Hindu shrine in Kashmir

At least seven Hindu devotees have died and 42 others were injured in an attack evening on crowds gathered to receive free food near a famous temple shrine in Indian Kashmir, a state minister said. Jammu and Kashmir state minister for public health engineering Jugal Kishore said that militants hurled two grenades at the Hindus as they queued for food at a community kitchen, the Press Trust of India reported. Police said the devotees were on their way from the town of Katra to the shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi, visited by thousands of Hindus from all over India each year. The blast occurred near a spot where a charitable organization was providing free food to the many Hindus who stream in at all hours of the day to visit the shrine. Some 500 to 700 people had queued up for dinner packets at the time of the blast. Full Story

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