Two grenade attacks in Kashmir Valley; one dead, 10 injured



Srinagar: Striking ahead of Independence Day, militants on Wednesday carried out two grenade attacks targeting CRPF pickets in Kashmir Valley, killing a 55-year-old man and injuring 10 others.

Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a shopkeeper, died on-the-spot and ten others were injured when militants exploded a grenade near a crowded bus stand in Sopore township, 55 kms from here, official sources said.

The militants wanted to attack a CRPF picket outside the headquarters of 179 battalion at around 10.40 AM but the grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside killing Dar and injuring 10 other pedestrians.

All the injured were immediately shifted to hospital, the sources said adding three of them were sent to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

Police assisted by CRPF cordoned off the area soon after the blast but no one was arrested during the subsequent operation.

Earlier, militants also lobbed a grenade on a CRPF picket at Noorbagh in downtown Srinagar.

However, no one was hurt as the device failed to explode and was later neutralised by the experts of the bomb disposal squad, the sources said.

The latest grenade attacks came despite security being beefed up across the Kashmir valley in the run up to Independence Day. Two grenade attacks in the past fortnight at Rambagh and Habba Kadal in Srinagar have left one person dead and nine others injured.

Bureau Report