3 Indian Policemen Wounded in Grenade Attack in Indian-Controlled Kashmir
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least three Indian policemen had been wounded in a grenade attack on a police post in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Friday.
The grenade attack was carried out by militants late Thursday evening at a police post in Anantnag town, about 55 km south of Srinagar city, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Militants late last evening hurled a grenade toward Sherbagh police post here, which exploded inside its premises, wounding three policemen," a police officer posted in Anantnag said. "The wounded personnel were immediately rushed to the nearest hospital in town."
Following the attack, police and paramilitary contingents rushed to the spot to carry out searches.
So far no militant group has claimed responsibility of the attack.
The attack came two days ahead of the fourth phase of polling for local elections in the region.
A paramilitary trooper of India's Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was wounded in a similar attack on a polling station on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a wounded person in last week's grenade blast at Tral town Friday succumbed to his wounds in hospital, taking death toll to three. Two persons were killed and 20 others wounded in the blast.
Separatist groups and militants opposing New Delhi's rule in the region reject Indian elections and have urged people to boycott the exercise.
In the first three phases of the five-phase staggered elections, voters ignored the boycott call and turned up in thousands to cast their votes. The first two phases recorded a high turnout of over 70 per cent and the third phase recorded 58 per cent voting.
Indian police officials view the attacks as efforts from militants to disrupt voting during the ongoing local elections.
Militants are fighting a guerrilla war with Indian troops since 1989 and target them with attacks, Xinhua reported.