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Two grenade attacks rock Jammu and Kashmir

Days ahead of Republic Day, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 3 attacks, 2 in high-security zones, within 24 hours

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Two grenade attacks rock Jammu and Kashmir
Officers inspect the spot of grenade attack in Srinagar on Friday
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Eight days ahead of Republic Day, terrorists in Kashmir have upped the ante and carried-out two back-to-back grenade attacks in two different places in Srinagar and Shopian on Friday.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the series of grenade attacks in the Kashmir valley on Friday. This is the third attack in general and the second in high security zone of Srinagar in the last 24 hours.

The first blast occurred near Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) of Lal Chowk, when motorcycle-borne terrorists lobbed a grenade at a mobile bunker of the CRPF in the afternoon. The grenade exploded on the road smashing the glass panes of some shops and wind screens of some parked cars.

"Two motorcycle-borne terrorists lobbed a grenade at our mobile bunker which exploded in which some civilian vehicles were damaged. It was not a big blast," said Ravideep Sahi, Inspector General of CRPF, Srinagar Sector.

About half-an-hour later, terrorists lobbed another grenade at the camp of J&K police in Gagran area of Shopian district in South Kashmir. The grenade however missed the target and exploded outside the camp. There were no casualty and damage.

Police has registered cases in both the incidents. Police said officers from local police units are at work to establish the full circumstances which led to these terror incidents.

"Police had to attend two terror crime spots today following the reports of grenade attack by terrorists at Srinagar and Shopian. Officers from local police units immediately reached both the spots this afternoon to initiate investigation in the matter. While attending the spot of attack, officers did not receive any report pertaining to the loss of life or property," said a police spokesman.

For the last eight days there have been four grenade incidents across Kashmir. Three of them have occurred in two-kilometre Lal-Chowk-Zero Bridge belt in the heart of Srinagar.

The spurt in grenade incidents have come at a time when security forces are on maximum alert to ensure smooth and peaceful Republic Day functions in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Of late there have been few incidents, but nothing to worry about. We will review security and strengthen our nakas. Republic Day is there, but things are under control. These kind of sporadic incidents do happen. We will not allow its repeat and we will review our security," said Inspector General of CRPF.

JeM handiwork

  • Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks. 
  • Terrorists first attacked a CRPF mobile bunker near Lal Chowk in Srinagar. 
  • In the second attack a grenade was lobbed at the camp of J&K police in Gagran area of Shopian.
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