Grenade Blast Injured 8 in Anantnag

ANANTNAG:  Eight persons including four civilians and an Assistant commandment of paramilitary CRPF were injured in a grenade blast in Anantnag town on Wednesday.  

Official sources and eyewitnesses said that the militants targeted a CRPF vehicle near Chee Gali along Khanabal –Pahalgam (KP) Road in the town resulting in injuries to eight persons, including four CRPF jawans of 96 Battalion. They were immediately rushed to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment. Injured included an Assistant Commandant Chaman Lal Bakshi, Head Constable B S Rao, Constable Nissar Ahmad and Constable Chander Kumar.

The injured civilians were identified as Abdul Majeed Mir, Bashir Ahmad Rayoo, Ghulam Muhammad Wani and Abid Ali Lone.

Soon after the attack, the contingents of police, army and CRPF arrived there and started searches in the area. The grenade attack caused damage to a Bolero vehicle of the CRPF and a Scorpio vehicle of Oxford School.

Last week, a grenade attack was carried out by militants near Achhabal Adda of the town in which one civilian was killed and several others were injured. The intended target of that grenade attack, according to police,  was also CRPF.

Meanwhile, militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen in a statement issued to press in Srinagar claimed the responsibility for the attack. “The militants of TuM carried out the attack in which one Indian trooper was killed and others were injured. The militants also managed to snatch a rifle from the forces,” the outfit claimed.

“These Indian troops were involved in arrests and atrocities…” the outfit alleged. The outfit claimed that the civilians injured today didn’t receive injuries because of grenade but because of firing by troopers.

Warning of further attacks, the outfit asked people to stay away from military installations, bunkers and search parties.  

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