Srinagar, India, Nov 18 (efe-epa).- At least 12 civilians were injured on Wednesday in an insurgent attack aimed at a security outpost in the southern part of India-administered Kashmir, police sources said.
“Militants hurled a grenade upon a forces’ bunker at Kakapora, it missed the intended target and exploded on the road injuring12 civilians,” Kashmir police said in a brief statement.
No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.
The attack comes at a time when local authorities are preparing for the first elections since August 2019, when the Indian government stripped the region of its autonomous status and divided the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate territories directly administered from New Delhi.
The polls for district-level local bodies are set to be held in eight phases from Nov. 28 onwards.
The India-administered Kashmir has witnessed three decades of an armed insurgency demanding independence for the region – which New Delhi rejects as terrorism sponsored by Pakistan- resulting in the death of thousands of people, the majority civilians, since 1989.
Pakistan disputes India’s sovereignty over its only Muslim-majority region ever since the Indian sub-continent was divided on religious lines in 1947 along with the end of British colonial rule.
The two nuclear-powered neighbors have fought three wars and numerous minor conflicts over the Kashmir dispute over the past seven decades.
In the latest such incident, at least 12 people were killed and 30 injured last week in exchange of firing at the Line of Control, the de-facto border between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.
Both Islamabad and New Delhi blamed each other for starting the hostilities in a highly tense atmosphere which has persisted since August last year when India revoked the special status of Kashmir and moved thousands of additional troops into the Himalayan valley. EFE-EPA