Sopore: Suspected militants hurled a grenade at Sangrama Chowk near Srinagar-Baramulla highway injuring three CRPF men and one civilian on Tuesday.
According to a senior police official, at about 11am militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF patrolling party at Sangrama Chowk. The grenade explosion injured three CRPF men and one civilian.
The three injured CRPF men were later identified as Constable Radey Shyam, Constable Shakeel, and Constable Dharam Das Tiwari, while the civilian who sustained minor injury was identified as Hilal Ahmed Khandey, son of Abdul Qayoom Khandey, resident of main town Sopore.
In the grenade blast, the injured CRPF men sustained injuries mostly in their legs. All the injured were taken to hospital and were said to be stable, the senior police official said.
Confirming the attack, SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that a hunt had been launched to nab the attackers.
However, a cordon laid around Sangrama for a couple of hours and door-to-door searches carried out in the area by SOG Sopore, 177 CRPF battalion, and 52 RR army ended without finding any trace of militants.
Later in the day, Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility of the grenade attack.
Spokesperson of the LeT, Abdullah Ghaznavi, said that the cadres of the outfit carried out the grenade attack at Sangrama in which five CRPF troops suffered injuries. He said that the CRPF troops opened fire in retaliation and it was their fire that caused injuries to a civilian.