Earlier in the day, a blast occurred in Khanyar area of Budgam district of Kashmir.

According to sources, the Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks and also warned people against taking part in election rallies in Kashmir.

The first blast occurred when Farooq was in the midst of his speech and did not cause much damage. However, the second explosion ripped through Magam Market where Farooq was scheduled to address a rally at 3 pm.  

Sources said that the doctors, who treated the injured at the local hospital, have confirmed that the injuries were caused by splinters of an explosive substance.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said though he had no doubt that efforts would be made to "derail" the electoral process in the state but the violent forces will "not be allowed" to succeed.
"While I have no doubt that an effort will be made to derail the electoral process, these violent forces will not be allowed to succeed," Omar wrote on his Twitter account.


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