5 killed, several hurt in Srinagar blasts
Four terrorist outfits have claimed responsibilities for the blasts, which took place ahead of assembly by-polls.india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 01:52 IST
Five people were killed and 31 others, including nine security personnel, were wounded in a series of powerful grenade explosions in Srinagar.
Authorities sounded an alert in the entire city as tensions ran high in the wake of the seven blasts for which four terrorist outfits claimed responsibility.
Police said three civilians were killed and two wounded in the Dalgate area, just a kilometre away from the city centre Lal Chowk, when terrorists lobbed a powerful grenade at a posse of the CRPF.
The grenade missed the target in the area, thronged by tourists, on the banks of the Dal Lake but exploded on the road near a bus stop resulting in "on the spot death of three civilians", a senior police official said.
Friday being a holiday, the famous Mughal Gardens were thrown open to the public and hundreds of tourists and locals used the Dalgate route to reach the Mughal Gardens. Police cordoned off the area as panicky passers-by and tourists ran for cover.
In another attack, 13 people were injured in the downtown Safa Kadal area Friday evening after guerrillas hurled a powerful grenade at a joint check-post of the local police and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The wounded included two CRPF soldiers, two policemen, one traffic cop and eight civilians. All the injured were evacuated to a nearby hospital where doctors said the condition of some was critical.
Two policemen and a civilian were injured when terrorists threw a grenade at a police check-post in the downtown Bohri Kadal area on Friday evening.
The Dalgate attack was preceded by four other blasts, all of which took place in quick succession between noon and 1 p.m.
The first explosion occurred outside the headquarters of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) close to Lal Chowk at noon as hundreds of devotees were boarding buses for the Hazratbal Shrine in order to offer special Friday prayers that follow Id-ul-Milad, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.
Three people including two paramilitary Border Security Force troopers and a civilian were wounded.
Minutes later, another grenade was hurled at a CRPF bunker in Amira Kadal area, half a kilometre away from the site of the first attack. Two people were killed and eight critically wounded.
As authorities were evacuating the injured to hospital, terrorists another grenade inside a parked vehicle of the security forces in the Batmaloo area adjacent to the police headquarters in the city. No one was injured though the vehicle caught fire and was destroyed.
The fourth explosion occurred at the Magarmal locality outside a CRPF camp in which police has confirmed injuries to two troopers.
Security forces were deployed throughout the city and all vehicles were searched and passengers were thoroughly frisked.
The Jaish-e-Muhammad, Al-Mansoorian, Jamiatul Mujahideen and Islamic Front have claimed responsibility for the blasts.