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Terror replay at telecom hub

Srinagar, Oct. 28: Militants backed up their threat of stepped-up violence during Ramazan by targeting a telecommunications hub at the central Lal Chowk on the first day of the Muslim month of fasting, killing one person and injuring 34.

In the continuing spiral of violence, a militant holed up in Akhnoor in Jammu entered the armyís family quarters and killed two children.

A grenade, hurled at the headquarters of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the sole telecom service provider in the state, on heavily-guarded Exchange Road rolled down the roof of a building and exploded near a long queue of subscribers waiting to pay their telephone bills.

The attack comes close on the heels of warnings by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba to intensify attacks during Ramazan.

The BSNL office is located close to the chief ministerís fortified residence, which was attacked 10 days ago. On August 27, militants had tried to storm the BSNL complex when the Prime Minister was in town.

Peace plan follow-up

Acting on the 12-point peace package, Delhi has instructed immigration officials to allow citizens over 65 to walk across the Wagah border. The senior citizens need no longer travel by the Delhi-Lahore bus to cross the border.

A letter has also been sent to Pakistan on increasing the number of buses on the route and arrangements have been made to treat 20 Pakistani children in India. The follow-up action came despite continued silence in Pakistan on its response.

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