Gunmen shoot Imam in Pulwama

Gunmen shoot Imam in Pulwama
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Two grenade attacks in Pulwama, mysterious blast at Pantha Chowk

PAMPORE: Unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen shot at the Imam of a mosque in Parigam village in Pulwama district on Friday morning. Locals said that the Imam leads prayers at the Hanifa mosque and has been living in the village for many years.
The injured Imam has been identified as Mohammad Ashraf Thoker, a resident of Gur Bijbehara, Anantnag.
The SSP Pulwama told Kashmir Reader that the Imam was critically injured after two motorcycle-borne gunmen shot him in both his legs. The SSP said that the Iman was shot when he was leaving the mosque after morning prayers.
He said that police have started investigations and would soon find out what exactly happened.
“He (the Imam) was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital from where he was referred to Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar,” the SSP said.
Soon after the attack, government forces reached the spot and conducted searches to nab the attackers.
In Tral, suspected militants in the afternoon hurled a grenade at the residence of senior National Conference leader Mohammad Ashraf Bhat.
Bhat is the son of former MLA Tral, Mohammad Subhan Bhat.
Sources said that the grenade exploded outside the residence and there was no damage.
Mohammad Ashraf Bhat told Kashmir Reader that the grenade exploded after hitting his neighbour’s house and caused no harm to anybody.
Soon after the grenade attack, militants appeared in Tral town and offered a gun salute to their slain commander Burhan Wani, two days ahead of his second death anniversary.
Late in the evening, militants attacked with a UBGL grenade a joint camp of paramilitary CRPF’s 182 Bn and army’s 55 RR in Tahab area of Pulwama district.
The SSP Pulwama said that the militants escaped taking advantage of the darkness and no one was injured in the grenade attack.
Sources said that soon after the attack, a joint team of CRPF and army cordoned off the area and launched searches to nab the militants.
In Pantha Chowk on Srinagar outskirts, a mysterious blast was heard a few meters away from a camp for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in the evening.
Police officials confirmed to Kashmir Reader that a mysterious blast occurred at Pantha Chowk but it caused no injury. Government forces rushed to the spot and launched a search after the blast.