Srinagar: Panic gripped Anantnag town this afternoon after suspected separatist militants hurled a grenade at a group of strolling pro-government militants, led by their leader, Mohammad Amin alias Setha. The grenade exploded on the roadside injuring some twenty persons, including six Ikhwanis.Among the injured Ikhwan militants is their leader, Setha who were removed to army hospital for treatment.
The Attack was launched by suspected suspected militants at Anantnag’s Mattan Chowk, reports said.While six persons were admitted to various hospitals, eight others were provided medical treatment by the local medical practioners at Anantnag. Police said the condition of the two of the injured is critical.
The explosion sparked panic among the people who were present at Mattan Chowk. People ran for cover and many ducked into shops and neighbouring buildings to escape possible retaliation by the pro-government militants.
Security forces were very swift in reaching the area . Reports said the Chowk was sealed off by the troops and personnel of SOG and searches conducted to arrest those involved in the attack. Troops sealed the entire area and conducted house-to-house searches. People were huddled out of their houses and shops and paraded in front of masked informers. Pro-government gunmen had also reached scene to assist the security forces in conducting house-to-house searches at Mattan Chowk, reports reaching here said.
(KASHMIR OBSERVER, 11 February, 1999)
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