1 killed, 14 injured, in car blast at Bijbehara in J&K on Thursday
A car blast rocked Bijbehara in south Kashmir on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 14, including four CRPF personnel, even as the army had engaged two suspected militants in Pattan area near Srinagar.chandigarh Updated: Mar 23, 2012 14:30 IST
A car blast rocked Bijbehara in south Kashmir on Thursday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 14, including four CRPF personnel.
Police said at around 3.30pm, a Maruti car coming from Anantnag blew up on a stretch of road between a hospital and a police station.
"The person who was driving the car is dead, and we are trying to identify him. The car, which was carrying explosives, was heading towards Srinagar when the incident occurred," said inspector general of police (Kashmir) Shiv Murari Sahai.
Police are yet to confirm if the blast was a militant attack. Three vehicles were damaged due to the impact. An identity card belonging to one Muhammad Abbas, and the ATM card of a person identified as Javeed Ahmad Dar, were seized from the site.
Earlier report had said that four of the injured were in serious conditon. Eyewitnesses had told Hindustan Times that the car was parked outside a security installation near a hospital and went off in the afternoon. "I saw around a dozen injured persons picked up from the site," said an eyewitness on phone from Bijbehara, 60 km south of Srinagar.
In north Kashmir's Baramulla district, security forces had encircled two suspected militants near Pattan. "The operation is on. We suspect one militant is dead," said a police source.