Grenade attacks in Srinagar, Shopian

Grenade attacks in Srinagar, Shopian

In Shopian, militants lobbed a grenade towards a police post near Gagren in Shopian district.

In a surge in grenade attacks on the government forces in the run-up to January 26, militants on Friday carried out two grenade attacks in Lal Chowk Srinagar and southern Shopian district.

Militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar Friday afternoon. In the explosion, two shops and a private vehicle were damaged.

In Shopian, militants lobbed a grenade towards a police post near Gagren in Shopian district.

Police said the grenade was hurled on SOG unit of J&K Police at around 1:30 p.m.

Following the attack, army’s Rashtriya Rifles, police and CRPF troopers rushed to the spot and launched searches to nab the militants.

The explosions occurred a day after militants hurled grenade at a police party at Zero Bridge in Srinagar that left an assistant sub-inspector and two policemen injured.

Inspector general of CRPF, Srinagar sector, Ravideep Singh Sahi said, “All the explosions were of low intensity. Our men are alert, we are going to review the acts of militants and take counter measures accordingly,” he said.

He said that elaborate arrangements would be made to make the R-day functions smooth.

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group has claimed responsibility of the two grenade attacks. 

A spokesperson of JeM, Mohammad Hassan, in a statement issued to news agency GNS claimed that three forces personnel were critically injured in the attack on the CRPF vehicle at Lal Chowk. He also said that several forces personnel were critically injured in the attack at Gagran in Shopian district.

However, police said that no loss of life or injuries were reported in the twin blasts.

(With Irfan Amin Malik)