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Kashmir militants kill 2 civilians


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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Suspected Kashmiri militants threw grenades in separate attacks on an Indian army position and a convoy, missing in both cases but killing two civilians and injuring 55 others, police said.

In the first incident, police in Jammu and Kashmir said one person was killed and at least 50 wounded, four of them seriously, when a grenade was thrown at a bunker of the paramilitary Border Security Force in the Srinagar neighborhood of Batmaloo.

The grenade missed its target, police said, and exploded near a bus stop where a number of bystanders were waiting. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a second attack, Indian authorities said a militant threw a grenade at an army convoy in Anantnag, approximately 50 kilometers south of Srinagar. The grenade missed its target but exploded, killing one civilian and wounding five others.

Separately Monday, Indian authorities were in a standoff with four other militants holding seven people from a small village south of Srinagar in Kashmir.

Police sources said police and paramilitary troops went to a house in the village of Phauran where four militants were believed to be holed up.

Five villagers went into the house in an attempt to get the militants to come out but they were taken hostage, police said.

The village headman and an assistant then went into the house and were also taken hostage.

Police and paramilitary troops were maintaining positions outside the house.

Authorities said Phauran is near the city of Shopian about 50 kilometers south of Srinagar.

-- From CNN's Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar and Ram Ramgopal in New Delhi


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