Kashmir buses start historic run
Buses have begun their historic journey across the heavily militarized frontier that splits Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
Four militant groups have claimed responsibility for that attack, in which six people were injured and at least one attacker was killed.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the buses as "a caravan of peace" before seeing off the nearly two dozen passengers.
In Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, another bus set off bound for the Indian side of the territory.
No such bus services have run since the Kashmir dispute began in the mid-20th century, when modern India and Pakistan were formed.
As many as seven passengers pulled out of the Muzaffarabad-bound trip following the Srinagar attack because they feared it was too dangerous, according to news service reports.
Passengers who had purchased tickets for the bus ride were staying in safe houses because of the threats, and none of them appeared to be at the tourist center at the time of the attack.
Twenty-nine people were due to travel on the bus from the Indian side.
Indian security services were out in force Thursday, blocking off all access routes to the buses' departure point in Srinagar.
The Indian Army has checked the entire route for explosives and armed forces will also be present along the road.
"The morale of the people and the passengers appears to be high," federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil said Wednesday evening.
"The bus will leave for Muzaffarabad according to schedule."
In Pakistan, officials also insisted the bus service would not be stopped.
"Pakistan strongly condemns anyone attacking innocent people," Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri told reporters in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
"What is their crime? Their only wish is to meet with their relatives."
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in Srinagar Thursday to inaugurate what has been described as the most significant peace gesture between the two arch-rivals in decades of hostility.
India and Pakistan agreed to start the bus service to help families separated by the dispute to be reunited.