At least three civilians have been killed and 12 security personnel are reported injured in a major terrorist attack in Tral targeting minister Naeem Akhtar and his convoy on Thursday.
The minister escaped unhurt in the attack; his driver has been injured, NDTV reports.
Terrorists hurled two grenades near a busy bus stand in the heart of the city of Tral about 25 miles south of Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, the terrorists managed to escape from the crowded area after throwing grenades.
"The area has been cordoned off for searches," an unnamed police said to news agency IANS.
Some sources said those who were injured include eight paramilitary troops, four policemen, and some civilians. Among the two people who died was a college student, they added.