Militants hurl grenade in Srinagar, 12 wounded (Lead)

September 17th, 2008 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Sep 17 (IANS) At least 12 people were injured Wednesday when separatist guerrillas hurled a grenade at a paramilitary vehicle in a bustling market area in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.The incident took place when the guerrillas targeted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle in the Budshah Chowk area near the business hub Lal Chowk.

“The grenade exploded near a passenger minibus resulting in injuries to 11 people and a CRPF trooper,” a police officer told IANS.

The injured were evacuated to hospital.

According to eyewitnesses, Budshah Chowk - one of the main shopping centres here - was overcrowded with shoppers when the grenade attack took place.

No group immediately owned responsibility.

The attack comes as life was returning to normalcy after weeks of unrest over the bitter Amarnath land row, which sparked off violent pro-freedom demonstration in the Kashmir Valley, particularly in Srinagar.

At least 50 people were killed, mostly in police and paramilitary firing, during the over two month stir over the land transfer to a Hindu shrine board.

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