Militants attack J&K minister's convoy; kill two civilians
Srinagar: Militants on Thursday carried out a grenade attack on the motorcade of a senior minister of Jammu and Kashmir in Tral area of Pulwama district, killing two civilians and injuring 34 others, police said.
The Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar, who was on a tour of Tral in south Kashmir, escaped unhurt in the attack.
"The grenade was reportedly hurled at 11.45 am," a police official said.
The explosion killed 17-year-old Pinky Kour and 56-year- old Ghulam Nabi Trag, the official said, adding 34 others, including 7 security personnel, were injured.
"I am unhurt myself but I am very sad because this claimed two lives...I feel very sad for them," Akhtar said.
"Those who carried out the attack cannot be friends of Kashmir or that of Islam," he added. A driver was "very critically injured", the minister said, adding that he was being airlifted to Srinagar.
After the attack, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, other ministers and several legislators called up Akhtar.