Today is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Hundreds gathered in Dehli for a major peace vigil to mark the occasion. The vigil comes one day after a car bomb exploded outside the state legislature in Kashmir, leaving 31 people were killed and 75 wounded. A Pakistan-based Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group was launched by a Pakistani radical leader, Massood Azhar–one of three men freed from Indian jails in1999 in exchange for a hijacked Indian plane and its passengers that were flown to Afghanistan.
For the past 12 years, more than a dozen Islamic militant groups have been fighting in Jammu-Kashmir for independencefrom India or a merger with Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people have died.
- Sputnik Kilambi, Free Speech Radio News Correspondent in Delhi.
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