Ten people, including two CRPF soldiers, received minor injuries on Tuesday in a grenade attack by militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian, in the latest attack in the border state in the last few weeks.
Police said that the attackers lobbed a grenade on a deployment of police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel at Singulu Chowk in Shopian.
According to initial reports, the grenade did not hit the intended target but injured many civilians.
Deputy chief medical officer of Shopian, Dr Nazir Ahmad, said that they treated eight civilians, including two women, for minor injuries.
“Two CRPF men were also treated for injuries in their limbs,” he said.
The medical officer said that all the wounded have been discharged from the district hospital.
“Nobody had any serious injury,” he said.
The grenade attack came on the second day of the operations by the security forces to flush out militants holed up inside a large government building in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Militants have stepped up their attacks in the state after the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The army’s nearly five-hour-long operation was launched in the wake of the September 18 terror strike on its camp in Uri that left 19 soldiers dead.
India blames Pakistan for the unrest in the valley, which is in its fourth month and has left at least 90 people dead, and for the militant violence.