At least five persons, including three the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and two civilians, were injured on Friday when militants hurled a grenade at a patrol party in Jammu & Kashmir's Pampore town in Pulwama district.

"Three CRPF troopers of 110 Battalion and two civilians were injured in a grenade explosion in Pampore town today morning," a police officer told IANS.

The police have said the injured were shifted to the hospital.

The security forces have cordoned off the area situated on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and are conducting a search operation. Traffic was disrupted and markets were shut in Pampore town after the explosion.

The militants targeted a road opening party (ROP) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the officer said.

ROPs are advance patrol groups of the security forces designated to secure major highways and VIP routes in the state from landmine explosions and guerrillas attacks.

(With inputs from IANS)