An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a military convoy as it was traveling through Pulwama district (Jammu and Kashmir state) on the morning (local time) of Friday, August 2. The attack occurred near the village of ZahidBagh, moderately damaging one vehicle. Initial reports indicate at least two soldiers were also wounded in the blast. Details are still emerging.
Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed and many more injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Indian security personnel have been conducting frequent security operations and have clashed with suspected militants in recent months.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, anticipate transportation and telecommunication disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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