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Kashmir: One policeman killed, 11 injured in grenade attack on CRPF near Srinagar

File photo. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Srinagar Apr 02, 2017, 03.18 PM (IST)

One policeman died and at least 11 security personnel were injured on Sunday in a grenade attack by militants in northern Indian state Kashmir's capital Srinagar.

Militants hurled the grenade on a party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in old Srinagar's Nowhatta area.  

The attack took place at around 7.00 pm, agencies reported.

The injured cops were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

An official told PTI that miscreants had engaged the cops by pelting stones on them in the same area.

The attack occurred the same day that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country's longest tunnel in Udhampur, around 200 kms from Srinagar.

Armed security personnel lined the streets and maintained strict vigil to prevent any untoward incident.

Separatists earlier called for a shutdown against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. Shops remained shut and normally busy streets bore a deserted look in Srinagar today.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.

Rebel groups have for decades fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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