Panic gripped south Kashmir’s Rajpora area when unidentified militants tossed a grenade at a bunker. Two security personnel and five civilians sustained injuries in the attack.
“Militants hurled a grenade towards security forces’ mobile bunker at Rajpora Chowk in Pulwama district in the afternoon,” said a police officer. The security picket belonged to CRPF's 182 Battalion.
He said two security personnel suffered injuries in the attack. “Five injured civilians were admitted to a local hospital. All injured had splinter injuries. A case has been registered and further investigations are on,” said the officer. One injured civilian, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, was referred to Bones and Joints Hospital-Srinagar for further specialised treatment.
The explosion created panic as people ran for cover after listening to the bang. Shopkeepers also downed their shutters and traffic was disturbed for a while.
The attack took place in the wee hours this morning, they said, adding the militants managed to escape after carrying out the attack, taking the advantage of darkness.
Local residents said they heard several blasts followed by heavy gunfire in the area around midnight.
Police said the investigations have been started into the incident and preliminary reports suggest that militants fired rifle grenades towards the complex.
No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Around 150 militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad are believed to be active in north Kashmir.