Anantnag: Six civilians, three of them women, and two paramilitary CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack by militants here in Sherbagh area of main town Anantnag at Thursday noon.
Militants have carried out more than a dozen grenade attacks in different parts of south Kashmir in the past week. Today’s grenade attack was the second in two days.
Three civilians were left injured on Wednesday in DH Pora area of Kulgam district after a hand grenade hurled at the local police station missed the target and exploded on the roadside.
Thursday’s attack in Sherbagh was carried out in a similar fashion. The grenade was hurled at the local police post but it missed the target and exploded by the roadside, leaving 8 injured.
A senior police official said that the attack was carried out at about 11:50 AM.
“The militants had targeted the police post but it missed and exploded by the roadside. The explosion created widespread panic in the area,” the official said.
The injured were immediately rushed to the nearby district hospital in Janglat Mandi area of the town.
“We received 8 injured. They were treated here and all of them are stable now,” a doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
The two injured CRPF men, Narendra Kumar and Vishal Patel, belonged to the 96 Bn of the force stationed at Mattan in Anantnag.
The civilians injured in the explosion were identified as Irfan Ahmad, Sofia Jan, Nazia Begum, Rahina Jan, Muhammad Hussain and Najeeb Ahmad — all residents of main town Anantnag.
Following the explosion, the area was cordoned off by government forces and efforts were made to try and nab the attackers, who had managed to flee the scene.