2 injured in 4 grenade attacks
Srinagar: Two persons were injured in four grenade attacks on cellphone vendors and towers in Srinagar on Friday.
An autorickshaw driver, Shanawaz, 28, sustained splinter injuries in his left arm and abdomen when an explosion rocked a franchise of Aircel telecom company in Karan Nagar.
“His condition was stable and he was discharged within a couple of hours,” a doctor said at SMHS Hospital.
An Airtel outlet at Karan Nagar Chowk was the second target of the attacks.
In both cases, employees and customers were first asked by the attackers to leave before throwing the grenades.
In the third attack, Fahid, a painter from Bihar state of India, received injury in his right hand when unidentified persons threw a grenade at a BSNL mobile tower in Shaheed Gunj, at some distance from the local police station.
“I was painting the top floor of a house when I heard a very loud sound and then I fell,” Fahid said.
The mobile tower is inside the house Fahid was painting.
“Although we were standing on the roadside we couldn’t figure out who threw the grenade and from where,” said a group of people accompanying Fahid.
In the fourth attack, militants targeted an Airtel tower at Wazir Bagh area of the city by lobbing a grenade. The tower is installed in the house of Abdul Rahim Wani and in the attack, his Alto Car bearing registration number JK01V–7441 was damaged.
In June, an Airtel mobile tower was attacked in Habba Kadal area by unknown persons whose identity police has failed to ascertain till date. A civilian was injured in the attack, which forced closure of telecom outlets in several areas of the city.
The Habba Kadal attack came close on the heels of a series of attacks on mobile networks in Sopore and some other areas of Baramulla district over a span of two months beginning April this year. About six persons, including a man who had rented land for mobile tower, were killed in these attacks.
Lashkar-e-Islam outfit, believed to be the splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
On Thursday, Hizb expelled its commander Qayoom Najar, blaming him for the Sopore and Baramulla killings.