Militants hurled a grenade in Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk injuring eight people, including seven civilians and a soldier.
While eyewitnesses say the grenade was hurled at a CRPF bunker in Palladium cinema area in Lal Chowk, police refused to confirm that security forces were the target.
The injured have been rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment. Doctors have declared that all the injured are out of danger.
"There was a militant attack in Lal Chowk and eight people including seven civilians have been injured,” confirmed a Srinagar-based police spokesperson. "The injured include a father-son duo and a CRPF personnel,” he added.
The blast occurred around 2pm near the Palladium Lane in Lal Chowk.
The injured were rushed to SMHS hospital, the police said adding, the area has been cordoned off and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants involved in the attack.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.
According to eyewitnesses, the crowd that frequents Lal Chowk during the day as well as the business hub’s multiple exit points helped the militants to flee. Owing to the ongoing elections, additional security has been deployed in Srinagar — especially Lal Chowk.
Paramilitary and police forces conducted searches and frisking in the area.
The five phase election is underway in the state. While the first phase on November 25 was peaceful, the state has witnessed increased militant attacks since 71% voters came out cast their votes.
In a 30-hour encounter in Arnia in the Jammu region, 12 people including five civilians, three army personnel and four militants were killed.
SDPO Kothibagh Faisal Qayoom said police have started investigation and will be looking at the CCTV footage to track down the militant who lobbed the grenade.
This is first grenade attack in Srinagar city since militants made an abortive bid to attack an election rally in Khanyar during Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.
Watch:Seven civilians, CRPF officer injured in grenade attack at Lal Chowk in Srinagar
(With agency inputs)