A 65-year-old man was killed and five others, including four policemen, were wounded in a grenade attack by suspected militants in Srinagar on Sunday evening.
Police said a grenade was lobbed near the office of the superintendent of police, North City.
A police official identified the slain civilian as Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a resident of Ilahibagh in outskirts of the city. Eyewitnesses said that Khan was passing by on a bicycle when suspected militants targeted a police party who were conducting searches of the vehicles in Khanyar.
“The cops were checking vehicles in the square when suddenly there was a bang. I was meters away from the place in my vehicle,” said an eyewitness who did not wish to be named.
The attack was the culmination of a day which witnessed a shutdown in Kashmir valley called by separatists protesting the killing of a civilian by government forces after a militant attack on their camp in Kupwara on Thursday. The forces had allegedly opened fire on a group of people who were demanding the bodies of the two militants killed during the encounter. Three army men including an officer were also killed in the attack.
April has turned out to be the bloodiest month of the year so far in Kashmir with the death of eight civilians on April 9, the day of the by-elections for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, which recorded a poor voter turnout of 7%. Two political workers, a lawyer and a former counter-insurgent were also killed by unidentified gunmen this month.