Blast at Busy Jehangir Chowk Kills Civilian, Injures 14

Srinagar—Unknown militants lobbed a hand grenade at a busy square in the heart of the city here Thursday afternoon, resulting in the death of a civilian passerby and injuries to 13 others.

Police said unidentified militant hurled a grenade on a Para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle which missed the target and exploded on the roadside near Exhibition Crossing, Jehangir Chowk.

A police spokesman said 14 persons sustained splinter injuries in the blast in the area, which was abuzz with activities when the grenade attack took place.

He said among the injured was a traffic policeman, who was regulating traffic at the busy market.

The injured persons were referred to nearby SMHS hospital, where one of the critically injured succumbed to injuries.

Hospital sources said that an injured who hails from Ompora Budgam succumbed to his injuries. Police sources identified the slain as Masood Ahmed Shah.

SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Parray said the grenade thrower was also reportedly injured in the blast.

"According to eyewitnesses, the person who hurled the grenade was also among the injured. We are trying to verify this," he said.

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