Anantnag: A grenade that missed its target, the police station DH Pora in Kulgam district, on Wednesday left at least three civilians injured after it exploded by the roadside.
The injured were identified as Ayaz Ahmad Bhat, son of Gul Muhammad, resident of Ashmuji Kulgam; Sabzar Ahmad Hajam, son of Ghulam Hassan, resident of Nandimarg, Kulgam; and Bilal Ahmad Khatana, son of Ghulam Hassan, resident of Bangiward, Kulgam.
All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and, following first-aid, were shifted to district hospital Kulgam, where their condition was stated to be stable.
“They had splinter injuries, Ayaz to his face, Sabzar to his throat and Bilal to his left arm. They have been administered proper treatment and are completely out of danger now,” a doctor at the district hospital said.
The explosion, which created panic in the whole area, took place at about noon.
“They (militants) had targeted the local police station. The grenade, however, landed and exploded on the roadside leaving three civilians injured,” a police officer said.
Locals said that the explosion caused shopkeepers to down their shutters and passersby to run for safety.
Soon after the explosion, government forces cordoned off the area and conducted searches to try and nab the attackers – who by then had managed to flee.
Meanwhile in Pulwama, stones were pelted at some police vehicles near the district hospital in main town. Local sources said that some police vehicles moving in the area came under heavy stone throwing, following which police fired some tear smoke shells and chased away the youth pelting stones.
The incident took place at about 3 in the afternoon.
The police have, however, denied and maintained that no such incident took place in the area.
“Nothing as such has taken place in the area,” a police official said.