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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Violence Mars Polls

ANANTNAG, India () -- Suspected separatist militants hurled grenades outside two polling stations in southern Kashmir on Monday, injuring three paramilitary troopers at the start of voting in local elections, witnesses said.

One grenade exploded near a polling station in Dialgam village as a group of journalists arrived to observe the second phase of the elections in Jammu and Kashmir state, which have been marred by anti-government protests.

The state, torn by a six-year separatist revolt, is holding its first assembly elections since 1987. The first stage of the four-phase polls was held Sept. 7, and voters were set to cast ballots in the second phase Monday in parts of the Kashmir and Jammu regions of the state.