23 Injured In Twin Grenade Attacks  

SRINAGAR — At least 23 people, including eight paramilitary forces personnel, were injured on Monday in two grenade attacks by suspected militants in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Kashmir, which has been witnessing a spurt in such incidents.

The first attack took place in Shopian district of south Kashmir where 16 people — 12 civilians and four policemen — were injured, a police official said.

A grenade was hurled at the cops but it landed on the roadside in the busy market area, the official said.

In the second attack, militants hurled a grenade at CRPF personnel in Tahab Chowk in Pulwama district this evening, the official said.

Four CRPF personnel and three civilians were injured in the blast, he added.

The injured troopers were identified as Anuj Patik, Sumit Kumar, Sunbir Singh and Suresh Kumar. The civilians include Shugufta Jan (27) of Litte, Fiza Jan (12) of Washbugh and Arshid Ahmad of Pulwama.

Nearly a dozen grenade attacks have taken place in the valley since Thursday.

Police vehicle damaged in IED  

A police vehicle was damaged in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on Kupwara-Sopore road near Nathipora in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Monday.

Official sources told GNS that the vehicle was part of police escort carrying inmates from Kupwara district jail to a court in Sopore for hearing in connection with a case when the blast occurred.

But police claimed to have detected the device and defused it.

SSP Sopore Javaid Iqbal told local news gathering agency GNS that the security forces detected the IED placed on the roadside by militants in the area.

Later, the IED was defused by Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) without causing any damage, the SSP said.

Meanwhile, Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit claimed responsibility for the IED blast in Sopore town on government forces.

“Several Indian security force personnel were injured and the vehicle also got damaged in the blast at Nathipora,” a spokesman of the militant organization told GNS in a statement issued here.  

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