No soldier was injured in the grenade attack by suspected militants on an army picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.
Two civilians sustained splinter injuries, however. “Suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a bunker of the Army’s 41 Rashtriya Rifles near the general bus stand in the afternoon,” a police officer said.
“The grenade missed the target, resulting in injuries to two bystanders. The injured were taken to hospital, where their condition is stable,” said the police officer. Among the injured was a woman.
This is the sixth grenade attack on the security forces since October 24. These attacks have come in the midst of a debate over the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives extraordinary powers to the security forces to shoot or detain without judicial scrutiny.
In the same district, 90 km north of Srinagar, the police found a hand grenade near a poultry farm. “The bomb disposal squad defused the grenade,” the police said.