Grenade hurled at SSB bunker in Srinagar misses target, injures 10 civilians

The injured were evacuated to hospital for treatment, police said.
Grenade hurled at SSB bunker in Srinagar misses target, injures 10 civilians
Pieces of glass lay strewn after a grenade attack on security forces at the busy Hari Singh High Street near Amira Kadal Srinagar on Tuesday August 10, 2021.Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

August 10: Ten people received minor splinter injuries after militants hurled a grenade at a SSB bunker at the busy Hari Singh High Street area near Amira Kadal in Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon.

"Today at about 1445hrs, terrorists hurled a grenade at Hari Singh High Street area in district Srinagar. Senior Police officers immediately reached at the terror crime spot. Preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists hurled a grenade towards Bunker of 40Bn SSB at Hari Singh High Street area of district Srinagar. However, the grenade missed the intended target and instead exploded on road resulting in minor injuries to 10 civilians who were evacuated to nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries, " police said in a statement.

Following the grenade attack, all the entry and exit points in and around Lal Chowk area were sealed and all the nakas/checkpoints across the city were activated, police said.

"During the intensive checking, a joint naka party near Makkah Market apprehended a suspicious person and upon the search of his bag recovered 02 live grenades," it added.

Police identified him as Adil Farooq Bhat, son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Khrew Pampore in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, a journalist working as a sub-editor with news agency CNS.

Adil, police said, was arrested earlier also in February 2019 and detained under PSA "for his involvement in providing logistics as well as other support to the active terrorists operating in Khrew area".

"Police have registered cases under relevant section of law regarding both the incidents and investigation is going on vigorously from all the angles viz-a-viz today’s grenade throwing incident and subsequent recovery of two live grenades. More arrests are expected and further details shall follow, " added the police statement.

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