At a time when foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are discussing "peace" between the two countries in New Delhi, a frightening car blast rocked Srinagar on Tuesday.
The blast, which took place outside a CRPF formation, has left 17 persons —seven of them police and CRPF men — injured. The condition of some of the injured persons is stated to be critical.
Sources said that the CRPF formation was the target of the attack. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
They said that unknown terrorists first lobbed a grenade towards the CRPF camp, and within seconds of the grenade explosion triggered the car blast. "It appears that the grenade explosion was caused to scare away the people", said a senior source.
The deafening sound of the blast rocked the entire Civil Lines area of Srinagar. Sources said that three CRPF personnel, four policemen and 10 civilians were hit in the twin blasts.
They have been rushed to the hospitals, where the condition of some of them is reported to be critical.
In a separate blast, four soldiers including a Major and six civilians were injured at Khanpora outside the northern district headquarters of Baramullah. Hizbul Mujahideen has owned responsibility for the blast, claiming that half a dozen soldiers were killed or injured in the attack.
Sources said that terrorists triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at 1.45 pm when an Army convoy was on way to Uri from Baramullah. They said that three vehicles of the Army were hit in the blast, causing injuries to four soldiers. One of the injured soldiers is reported to be a Major.
A defence spokesman, however, said that a grenade was lobbed on the Army convoy, which caused injuries to three jawans and six civilians. "The injuries are of minor nature, and nobody is seriously injured," the defence spokesman said.
A caller, identifying himself as the spokesperson of Hizbul Mujahideen, said that the cadres of his outfit carried out the attack by setting off an IED. He claimed that half a dozen soldiers were killed or injured in the attack.
Meanwhile unknown gunmen shot dead a trader at Soofshali in Kokernag belt of southern Anantnag district, late on Monday night. The death toll in Friday's blast outside a mosque at Tahab village in Pulwama district has gone up to seven, with one more injured person succumbing to injuries in the hospital on Tuesday.