Civilian Killed, 3 Others Injured In Srinagar Grenade Blast

Forces personnel in action at the grenade blast site in Barbarshah area of the city on Saturday. KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Third Attack In Capital City In Last 10 Days

Srinagar: A civilian was killed and three others, including a non-local woman injured on Saturday in a grenade attack aimed at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker in Barbarshah area of this capital city.

Around 5:55, an unidentified militant lobbed a hand grenade towards a mobile bunker of CRPF in Barbarshah area of the city that missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside leaving as many as four people, including a non-local woman injured, a police officer told Kashmir Observer. The grenade, he said, also caused damage to a few shops, while the militant managed to flee through a narrow lane.

The injured identified as Hilal Ahmad of Elahi Bagh, Mudasir Ahmad of Gund Beerwah, Budgam, Shahid Nazir of Rainawari and Shakeela Bano, a resident of Uttar Pradesh were removed to SMHS hospital for the treatment of splinter injuries. However, the doctors at the SMHS referred Shakeela to SKIMS for advanced treatment.

“Her left side of the chest has been badly damaged by the splinters. She has been hit by a splinter in right leg too,” the police official said.

Hilal, as per the official, was hit by splinters in his left kidney when he was passing through the area on his motorbike.

“We have operated upon him. He had suffered loss of blood too. His condition is stable,” Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Kanwaljeet Singh told Kashmir Observer.

However, late Saturday night 30-year-old Mudasir, a shopkeeper by profession, lost the battle with life. He had received splinter injuries in the left side of chest, an official said.

Soon after the attack, reinforcements of police and CRPF reached the spot and laid a siege around the locality to nab the attacker. The joint forces, as per witnesses, also carried out random searches.

Police also collected CCTV footage from the area to identify the militant who lobbed the grenade.

Pertinently, this was the third attack by militants on government forces in this capital city in the last ten days.

On June 17, militants shot dead a policeman Javaid Ahmad Tambi outside his house in Saidpora locality of Eidgah. Five days later, Pervaiz Ahmad Dar, an inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police was shot dead by two pistol-borne militants when he was on his way to a local mosque in Kanipora locality of Nowgam to offer prayers.

Meanwhile, a police spokesperson in a statement issued here said that preliminary investigation has revealed that militants hurled a grenade upon a joint naka party of Police and CRPF at Barbarshah Chowk.

“Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” he added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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