SOPORE – Unidentified gunmen on Monday hurled a grenade near a bus stand in Sopore town of north Kashmir, injuring 20 civilians, police said.
Of the twenty, one person is seriously injured and has been referred to a hospital in Srinagar. The others are undergoing treatment at a local hospital, officials said.
Reports said the grenade explosion took place at a busy market at New Colony, Sopore. “People were present in the market in large numbers. Street vendors were also busy selling vegetables, fruit and winter stuff. All of a sudden a loud explosion took place,” said an eye-witness. “Many passersby were seen lying on the ground with blood oozing from their wounds.”
Soon after the attack, people removed the injured to the Sub District Hospital Sopore. “Four people, including a woman, were hit by multiple splinters. They were immediately referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar where the condition of woman was stated as critical,” said an eye-witness.
This is the second grenade attack since Saturday evening (October 26), when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at CRPF’s Naka Party outside SMHS hospital Srinagar in which six CRPF men sustained injuries.
According to the hospital authorities in SDH Sopore, the injured were identified as Javaid Ahmed Sofi, Assadullah, Isfhaq Ahmed, Ashoor Ahmed, Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, Bashir Ahmed, Barkat Ahmed, Rabiya Begum, Iram Begum, Samina Begum, Farooq Ahmed, Nisar Ahmed, Shafat Ahmed, Jabeena Begum, Adnan, Shakir Ahmed Dar, Abdul Khaliq.
Since August 5, suspected militants have hurled grenades in several parts of valley, injuring many security personnel and civilians.
Several non-local traders have also been killed and injured by the unidentified gunmen in past few weeks.
Kashmir is currently under a self-imposed shutdown, with shops opening only for a few hours every day. Public transport is off roads and schools and business establishments are shut. (With PTI Inputs)