Blast in India's Jammu and Kashmir wounds at least 18

An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, March 5 2019.
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, March 5 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAMMU, INDIA (REUTERS, AFP) - A grenade explosion at a bus stand in the Indian city of Jammu wounded at least 18 people on Thursday (March 7), police said, in an attack just weeks after a Pakistan-based militant group killed 40 paramilitary police in Kashmir, almost sparking a war.

“I request everybody to maintain calm,” Jammu police chief M.K. Sinha told reporters at the site of the blast. “We are chasing all leads.”

“It seems that the grenade was lobbed from outside (the premises) and it rolled under the bus and caused injuries to approximately 18 people,” he said.

Jammu is the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir state.