First Attack in Srinagar

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SRINAGAR: Panic gripped Srinagar on Monday as unknown persons targeted a telecom facility in the capital city with a grenade, injuring one person. The attack led to disruption in communication services in the city.

Suspected militants, who have targeted telecom facilities in north Kashmir over the last 10 days, struck at such a facility in Srinagar for the first time.

The tower, located in a residential compound, at Gadood bagh in Habbakadal area was targeted with a grenade at around noon, police said.

The compound, owned by one Ghulam Rasool Ahangar,, houses two mobile towers, the sources said, adding the explosion caused injuries to Ahangar’s brother Shahoor and damage to a private car parked there.

A police spokesman said, “We are investigating the matter and analysing the nature of the explosive.”

The attack comes after a series of strikes on communication facilities in north Kashmir’s Sopore and Pattan townships in Baramulla district and Handwara in Kupwara district which have left two persons dead.

The latest attack, which comes in the wake of threatening posters against the telecom installation landlords, resulted in severe disruption in mobile phone and internet services in the valley.

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