10 worshippers injured in explosion near Shopian mosque

10 worshippers injured in explosion near Shopian mosque

Grenade thrown into courtyard of Hizb militant’s house defused
ANANTNAG: At least ten people were injured when an improvised explosive device went off outside a mosque in Trenz village of Shopian district on Thursday.
The explosion occurred at about 5:40 am when the worshippers were coming out of the mosque after offering Fajar (pre-prayers).
Aijaz Ahmad, an eyewitness, said that the mosque goers had spotted a drinking glass-like object near the mosque.
“The object exploded when the mosque caretaker picked it up,” he said.
The injured persons were immediately shifted to district hospital Shopian. Four of them were later referred to the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar because of the severity of their injuries.
The injured were identified as Abdul Gani Dar (60), Mohammad Ismail Dar (55), Bashir Ahmad Bhat (50), Nayeem Ajaz Lone (30), Mohammad Ashraf Shah (35), Ghulam Hassan Wani (55), Bilal Ahmad Shah (35), Ghulam Mohammad Teeli (45) and Javid Ahmad Shah (70), all residents of Shopian.
In another incident, police defused a grenade that had been thrown into the courtyard of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Waseem Ahmad Malla’s house in Pehlipora village of the district.
Family members of the militant spotted the grenade and informed the police who defused it.
Shopian superintendent of police Altaf Altaf Khan said both incidents are being investigated.
Hizbul Mujahideen blamed “Indian security agencies” for the blast. Hizb spokesperson Salim Hashmi, quoting United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, said the “Indian forces and security agencies have been feeling the heat of attacks by mujahideen” and “they are attacking common people out of frustration”.
“These agencies are also responsible for hurling the grenade over the house of Abdul Rashid Mala. We condemn such acts and pray for the recovery of the injured,” the statement reads.