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21 Sep 2017

Tral attack: Minister Naeem Akhtar targeted, at least two killed

J&K minister targeted in Tral terror attack

Two people were killed and about 30 injured when terrorists opened fire at a minister's convoy near a bus stand in J&K's Pulwama.

According to reports, Naeem Akhtar was on his way to inaugurate a project in Tral when terrorists lobbed grenades at his car.

At least seven CRPF personnel were injured.

Meanwhile, Akhtar has been moved to a safer location, police said.

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J&K minister targeted in Tral terror attack

Former CM Omar Abdullah condemns attack

Shocked they attacked those trying to develop Tral: Minister

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Shocked they attacked those trying to develop Tral: Minister

According to reports, victims included a woman and a college student. "I am profoundly shocked that they chose to target us when we were trying to speed up development of Tral constituency," Road and Bridge Minister Akhtar said.

He called it an attempt to "subvert our outreach program and our program to take governance to the people".

After launching the grenades, the terrorists escaped.

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'Brainchild of Indian agencies who want to defame Kashmir movement'

Meanwhile, while condemning the attack, Hizbul Mujahideen called it a "brainchild of Indian agencies who want to defame the Kashmir freedom movement". "The attack was aimed to create a wedge between militants and the local population," spokesperson Burhanuddin said.

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