Authorities in India-held Kashmir claimed that suspected militants hurled a grenade at motorcade of a local government minister on Thursday, killing three civilians and wounding 30 others.

Police said the attack took place when the motorcade of Naeem Akhtar passed though the southern Tral town. Three pedestrians, including a teenage girl, were killed and 20 others wounded, said police director-general S.P. Vaid.

He said seven paramilitary personnel, two policemen and a government engineer were also injured. The minister escaped unhurt.

No militant group fighting against Indian rule immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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