SRINAGAR - A grenade exploded on Thursday in a mosque in Indian-Held Kashmir, wounding 10 people, police said, the first such incident in 14 years in a region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the southern district of Shopian in the Himalayan region. Police said they were on guard against outbursts of public anger over the incident, but were awaiting more details.

“People were coming out of the mosque after morning prayers when the blast occurred,” a police officer said.

India is tightening security nationwide ahead of celebrations this weekend to mark independence from Britain, particularly in Held Kashmir , where the event is usually marked by a shutdown and protests against Indian rule.

Officials say there have been growing signs of young people in Muslim-majority Kashmir adopting more extreme views against India.

Attacks on mosques have been almost unknown in the valley, although at times Indian forces have laid siege to ‘militants’ holed up in shrines. Four women were killed and scores wounded when a grenade exploded in Charar-e-Sharief mosque in central Kashmir in 2001.