Fourteen persons were injured in a grenade blast in Shopian town of South Kashmir Saturday afternoon.
Reports said that unidentified persons hurled a grenade on a police party in main chowk. The policemen escaped unhurt, however 14 civilians including two women and a child were injured. Panic gripped the whole town and people were seen running for safety.
The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment. However, one of the injured, a child named Rabiya, was later shifted to Srinagar.
Others injured have been identified as Rutba Jan daughter of Shakeel Ahmad of Wudur, Zahid Ahmad son of Muhammad Shafi Shah of Rawalpora, AamirHussain son of Farooq Ahmad of Mulu, Sumaya daughter of Muhammad ShafiNajar of Shopian, Sabeena wife of Muhammad Shafi of Shopian, Rayees Ahmad son of GhulamQadirHajam of LaduPampore, Muhammad Yaqoob Mir son of Ali Muhammad Mir of Tarkuwangam, Muhammad Anzar son of Muhammad Yaqoob of Bhajar, Shakeel Ahmad Dar son of Muhammad Abdulah Dar of Lajura, Shakeel Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Muhammad Dar of Shopian, Ayisha wife of Muhammad Shafi Sheikh of Hurpora, Sameer Ahmad son of Muhammad Amin Naikoo of Pinjoora, Amir Hussain son of Farooq Ahmad Malik of Largam.
Soon after the blast, forces reached the spot and laid nakas in various areas of the town.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, South Kashmir, Nitish Kumar said that militants hurled the grenade at a policy party. "But luckily none of the policemen were hurt as they were alert. We have launched a massive manhunt to nab the culprits."