Grenade attacks in Kashmir leave civilian, cop injured

Grenade attacks in Kashmir leave civilian, cop injured
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Militants attack police party in Pulwama

Bilal Habib/ Mushtaq Ahmad

Pampore/Baramulla: Amid heightened security arrangements in the Valley ahead of India’s Republic Day, militants lobbed two grenades in separate places in Kashmir on Monday in which a civilian and a policeman were wounded. In Pulwama militants attacked a police party.
Around 1:45 pm, militants hurled a grenade on CRPF soldiers deployed in Khrew Chowk Pampore. However it missed the intended target and exploded in Nund Resh Sumo Stand Drangbal damaging private vehicles.
A source told Kashmir Reader that a civilian was also injured in the attack and he was removed to sub district hospital Pampore for treatment. He was identified as Mohammad Shafi Bhat son of Suna Ullah of Kadlabal Pampore.
Bhat received splinter injuries in his foot and was discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment, a source in the hospital said.
Soon after, police, SOG, CRPF and Army reached the spot and cordoned the area and conducted searches.
In another incident on Monday evening, militants hurled a grenade at around 7 pm towards Police Station Baramulla. Panic gripped the area after the attack as shopkeepers shut their shops and escaped to safety.
Government forces cordoned off the area and started a manhunt to nab the attackers.
Baramulla Police chief Imtiyaz Hussain confirmed the attack saying a policeman received minor injuries. The injured was identified as constable Rafiq Ahmad of Devar Lolab.
Meanwhile, militants on Monday fired on a police party in Pulwama’s Lassipora. However, no one was injured in the incident.
The gunmen fired a few shots at a police party near police station Lassipora at about 3:30 pm on Monday. .
“A police party had left the station and they were fired upon nearby by militants. They retaliated the fire,” a police source said. He added that no one was injured in the firing.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police for south Kashmir S P Pani said that a few gunshots were heard in Lassipora.
“Some gunshots were heard. The area is under cordon, details are being ascertained,” Pani said.
People, meanwhile, fled to safety after hearing the gunshots. Following the incident, the area was sealed and forces carried random searches.