Militants Strike In Srinagar; Police Officer, 7 Civilians Injured

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Srinagar: Eight people, including a police officer and a couple were injured on Tuesday in a grenade blast in Hari Singh High Street area of this capital city, where unprecedented security measures were put in place in wake of R-Day celebrations.

Around 3:25 pm Tuesday, unidentified militants lobbed a grenade towards a police vehicle in the busy Hari Singh High Street market that missed the intended target and exploded along the roadside with a bang, a police official said. In the grenade blast, he said, eight people, including a police officer identified as Tanvir Hussain with Anti-Corruption Bureau sustained splinter injures.

The other injured identified as Muhammad Shafi Bhat and his wife Tanveera, Asmat, wife of Zahoor Ahmad, Nusrat wife of Dr Tazeem, Zahoor Ahmad Lone, Imtiyaz Ahmad and Gayas-u-din of Assam were shifted to the SMHS hospital for treatment.

According to reports, the grenade blast at the crowded marketplace created panic in chaos among the pedestrians and traders.

Soon after the grenade attack, the government forces carried out search operation in the area to nab the attackers. The forces, reports said, frisked people in and around the area and subjected them to identity checks.

Meanwhile, a police spokesperson in a statement issued here on Tuesday said that a few civilians sustained minor splinter injuries in the grenade attack that also caused minor damage to the police vehicle that was on target.

He further said that senior police officers immediately reached the spot.

“Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and investigation is in progress. Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime,” he added.

Grenade Thrower Arrested: Police

Meanwhile Police claimed to have arrested the person involved in Tuesday’s grenade attack in the city’s busy Hari Singh High Street area that resulted in injuries to several persons.

“Srinagar Police arrested grenade thrower who was involved in today’s #terror incident at Hari Singh High Street #Srinagar in which a few civilians and one police personnel got injured. #Investigation is going on,” Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar tweeted.

The IGP did not reveal any details about the arrested person.

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