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Attack on Kashmir leader's home

Hundreds of troops have been rushed to the scene.
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Heavily armed militants have attacked the home of the top elected official in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and another officer wounded in the attack Friday on the home of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

Sayeed was not at his home at the time of the attack, according to police sources, but family members may still be inside the residence.

The attackers threw at least four grenades at Sayeed's house, according to India's paramilitary border security force.

They continued to fire automatic weapons from across the street before fleeing and taking shelter in a nearby shopping center.

Hundreds of troops have surrounded the area.

It is not clear why the suspected militants targeted the chief minister's home. Sayeed is the highest elected official in the state and has been in office for a year.

India blames separatist militants for a surge in attacks over the past few months against Indian rule in Kashmir.

More than a dozen militant groups have been fighting for Kashmir's independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan since 1989.

India blames Pakistan for arming and funding the 13-year-old anti-India insurgency in Kashmir, which has claimed 63,000 lives.

Pakistan denies the charges saying it provides only moral support for groups promoting the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.

-- Journalist Mukhtar Ahmed in Srinagar and CNN's Ram Ramgopal in New Delhi contributed to this report.


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