Anantnag: Militants on Saturday attacked a CRPF party with a grenade, here along KP Road in main town Anantnag, leaving a civilian passer-by injured with splinters.
Identified as Showkat Ahmad, the injured civilian was rushed to district hospital Anantnag and was discharged soon after being administered first-aid.
“He had minor injuries and has been discharged after proper treatment,” a doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
The attack was carried out by militants near Oxford High School along Khannabal-Pahalgam (KP) Road in main town Anantnag, at about half past noon.
Local sources said that the blast created panic in the area as people ran for cover.
The police have denied that it was a grenade attack and have maintained that it was a firecracker.
“The injured person was riding a scooty and maybe a stray stone hit him. It looked like the sound was caused by a firecracker,” Khan said.
The area was, however, cordoned off following the blast and searches were conducted by government forces.
Today’s grenade attack was the fifth such in the valley, in the last three days. Two of the attacks have been carried out in Srinagar, one in Shopian, and another in Pulwama district.
Though there have been no injuries or any damage in three of them, the first one in Rajbagh in Srinagar left at least six government forces’ personnel, including an ASI of police and two traffic cops, injured.