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One killed, 10 injured in a car-bomb blast in India’s Jammu region

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New Delhi, May 2, IRNA -- One person was killed and 10 others were injured, while a senior Army officer escaped unhurt in a car-bomb blast triggered by militants on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district, police said.

The blast took place in a car parked at Bermi bridge, 65 km from Udhampur and a high security Army area, on the highway.

Suspected militants triggered the explosion through a remote control when the car of Major General D S Pathania was passing through the bridge, pti reported quoting Udhampur police.

Though the Army officer escaped unhurt, window panes of the car were damaged, police said.

A milk vendor, identified as Kuldeep Kumar, was killed and 10 others were injured in the explosion. The injured were rushed to a hospital where three of them were stated to be serious, while the rest were discharged after treatment, they said.

Meanwhile, police and army personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.

'This is first car-bomb blast in Jammu region. This is a serious issue. There seems to be change in the strategy of the militants to resort to car-bomb explosions,' Udhampur-Reasi Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Jagjeet Kumar said.

Security has been beefed up in the region in the wake of the blast. Police vigil in VIP areas and market places has been increased and vehicle checking and frisking of people have been intensified, Jammu Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dilbagh Singh said.

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