12 civilians wounded in Indian-controlled Kashmir grenade attack

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 civilians were wounded Wednesday after militants carried out a grenade attack in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The grenade was hurled towards government forces in Kakpora of Pulwama district, about 28 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Police said the grenade exploded with a bang on the roadside, leaving civilians wounded.

"This evening militants hurled a grenade towards a government force contingent which missed the target and exploded on the road leaving at least 12 civilians wounded," a police official posted in Pulwama said. "The wounded persons were immediately removed to hospital for treatment."

According to health officials, wounded were undergoing treatment at hospitals in Pulwama and Pampore and some critical ones referred to Srinagar hospital.

Soon after the attack, additional police and paramilitary contingents rushed to the spot and launched a manhunt to nab the attackers.

The attack triggered panic in the area.

Militant groups opposing New Delhi's rule are engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989. Gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently. Enditem

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