Shopian: At least 11 persons were injured, four of them seriously, when a grenade went off in the premises of a mosque in Trenz area of South Kashmirs Shopian district on Thursday morning.
It was the first such incident in 14 years. Last time in 2001, four women were killed and scores wounded when a grenade exploded in Charar-e-Sharief Masjid.
Police sources said that blast occurred when people were coming out from the mosque after offering Fajr (dawn) prayers. At least 11 persons received injuries. Four of them were shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar, a police official said.
The official identified the injured as Ghulam Ahmad Mir (55), Abdul Ghani Dar (60), Muhammad Ismail Dar (55), Bashir Ahmad Bhat (50), Nayeem Aijaz Lone (30), Muhammad Ashraf Shah (35), Ghulam Hassan Wani (55), Bilal Ahmad Shah (35), Ghulam Muhammad Teli (45), Javid Ahmad Shah(70).
Four of the seriously injured Bashir Ahmed Bhat(30), Ghulam Ahmad Mir(60), Bilal Ahmed Shah(35) were referred to SMHS Srinagar.
Barely two kilometres away from the spot of incident at Pahlipora village unknown persons reportedly lobbed a grenade over the residential house of Hizbul Mujahidin militant Waseem Ahmed Malla. However the grenade did not explode. A police official later said that Abdul Rashid Malla, father of the Hizb militant informed police about the incident and a police party rushed there with a Bomb Disposal Squad which diffused the live grenade.
Handiwork of Indian Agencies: Hizb
Meanwhile Hizbul Mujahidin blamed Indian Security Agencies for the blast that occurred in the mosque courtyard.
In a statement to CNS, Hizb Chief Syed Salahuddin said that due to surge in attacks on Indian security forces, the security agencies have been feeling heat and out of sheer frustration these agencies have been targeting innocent and hapless people in Kashmir.
The grenade blast that happened in the premises of Masjid is the handiwork of Indian agencies. These agencies are also responsible for hurling the grenade on the house of Abdul Rashid Mala. We condemn such acts and pray for the recuperation of the injured, the statement reads. (CNS)
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