North Kashmir: DySP Among 3 Cops Injured In Pattan Blast  

SRINAGAR — A Senior police officer was among three policemen injured as militants travelling in a vehicle lobbed a hand grenade on a naka at Pattan in Baramulla district.

“Based on credible inputs that some militants are travelling on Baramulla-Srinagar highway, a police naka party deployed at Baba Teng Pattan were checking the vehicles,” a police statement issued here said.

During the checking, while a passenger vehicle was signaled to stop, militants boarding the vehicle lobbed a hand grenade on police party. In this incident one Police Officer DySP Zaffar Mehdi and two other policemen Shabir Ahmad and Ashiq Hussain sustained injuries and were evacuated to hospital. They are stated to be stable now, the spokesman said.

The militants while trying to flee from the scene of the crime were chased and one of them was later apprehended. The arrested militant has been identified as Faizan Majeed Bhat son of Abdul Majeed Bhat resident of Naibug Tral who was recruited into militant ranks recently. He along with other militant Showkat Ahmad Bhat resident of Awantipora, who managed to escape had joined Tehreekul Mujahideen militant outfit.

Police have registered a case and further investigation into the matter was going on, the spokesman added . 

2 Army Men, Civilian Injured  Rafiabad 

Two army men and a civilian were injured in separate grenade attacks at Rafiabad and Watergam in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police officer said that the suspected militants carried out the first grenade attack on army’s 32 RR camp at Tragpora, Rafiabad in Sopore. “In the incident, there was no report of any injury to any soldier, however, a civilian Mohammad Ashoor Mir is said to have suffered injuries”.

In another incident at Watergam, the militants lobbed a grenade on the army unit of 32 RR resulting in injuries to two soldiers, he said, adding that both the injured have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the twin attacks on the army in Tragpora, Rafiabad and Watergam areas.

In a statement issued to a local news agency GNS, a spokesperson of the outfit said that its cadres carried out the first grenade attack on the army’s 32 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Tragpora, Rafiabad.

He claimed that another grenade attack was carried out on the army camp at Watergam.

 “In the attacks, several forces personnel were injured,” he said.

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