Fear grips Kashmir after 4 attacks in 36 hours

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2015 23:19 IST

In a move to step up their activities in the Kashmir Valley, suspected militants have carried out four attacks in the past 36 hours, including two botched up attempts to blow up mobile towers in north Kashmir.

Fayaz Ahmad Wani, an owner of a piece of land on which a mobile tower is erected, on Thursday decided to switch off the mobile service.

A day after four grenades were hurled in two separate locations in a coordinated manner in Baramulla district, Wani said he appealed to the mobile service provider to shift the tower.

In first attack on Wednesday, two grenades were hurled at a mobile tower at Sheerpora village in Baramulla district's Pattan area. Few hours later, two more grenades were thrown at another telecom tower in Nihalpora village in Pattan area."None of the grenades exploded," said a police source.

"It seems something, we are looking into it," Kashmir inspector general of police (IGP) SJ M Gillani told the local media.Wednesday attacks on towers came just a day after suspected militants shot at and injured deputy sarpanch Muhammad Yaqoob Malla of Pehlepora village in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

Later, in the night militants attacked and killed Bashir Ahmed, an ex-deputy superintendent of police nearby Kulgam district. Ahmad, the locals said, investigated the double-murder case of two women in Shopian in 2009, which triggered massive street uprising.

On July 1, a civilian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (43), a resident of Wagum village, was killed in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

The series of attacks come just a month after six civilians, including separatist supporters, were killed in Sopore by unknown gunmen in May and June. The militants had then launched a campaign against mobile service in north Kashmir.

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