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Teen killed as ultras strike

In their first strike at an election rally in the Valley, unidentified militants killed a 14-year-old boy and injured two National Conference (NC) activists in a grenade attack on Tuesday.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2008 00:02 IST
Rashid Ahmad

In their first strike at an election rally in the Valley, unidentified militants killed a 14-year-old boy and injured two National Conference (NC) activists in a grenade attack on Tuesday.

The militants hurled the grenade at the motorcade of an NC candidate proceeding to a campaign meeting at Brath village in North Kashmir’s Sopore district, 45 km from Srinagar. The boy — Afaq Ahmad Ganai — died on the spot, a police officer said.

In another anti-election attack, some residents of Pulwama damaged vehicles accompanying People’s Democratic Party leader
Mehbooba Mufti and some party candidates. An undeclared curfew prevails in Pulwama and Baramullah towns in central Kashmir.

In Sopore, the grenade was tossed at NC candidate Mohammad Ashraf’s motorcade as it was entering Brath village, where the rally had been organised.

Sopore and 17 other constituencies of Baramullah, Budgam, Udhampur and Reasi districts, is going to the polls in the fourth phase in the state on December 7.

In more anti-election violence, an angry mob attacked four poll vehicles at Shopian in south Kashmir. Shabir Ahmed Wani, a local resident, said on the phone that the “vehicles were attacked with iron rods and stones by the mob”.

Two constituencies of Shopian district are to go to the polls on December 13 in the fifth phase.