Dozens injured as train derails from new Kashmir track

Government officials look at a passenger train which derailed in Kashmir on 23 November 2011 The train service was inaugurated three years ago

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Four coaches of a train have derailed in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say, injuring at least 25 passengers, some critically.

The train was travelling between the towns of Qazigund and Baramulla when it skidded off the track, 60km (37 miles) south of Srinagar city.

The 119km (74-mile) Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla track was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008.

It is the first such incident since the service was launched.

Kashmir is not yet connected with India's vast railway network but the inter-district train has been in operation for three years now.

It is not yet known what caused Wednesday's derailment.

The injured have been taken to hospital.

The Kashmir Valley has been in the grip of a violent insurgency against Indian rule for two decades, although violence has declined in recent years.

Separatist militants blew up a section of the railway track in April 2010. No trains were running when the militants detonated an improvised explosive device near Pulwama and there were no casualties.

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