Grenade attack in busy Srinagar street leaves one civilian dead, several injured

The CRPF DIG said the attack took place at Hari Singh High Street where a party of security forces remains stationed for duty, adding no jawan was injured in the incident.
Security forces seen at the site of a grenade explosion at Hari Singh High Street in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Security forces seen at the site of a grenade explosion at Hari Singh High Street in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2022 08:37 PM IST
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Reported by Ashiq Hussain | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

At least one person died and several others were injured in a grenade attack in a busy market area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday. Most of the injuries were among civilians, besides a policeman.  

Senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, Rakesh Balawal, said a man, aged 70 years, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Aslam Makhdoomi (70), a resident of the Nowhatta area in the city.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said at the attack was aimed at security forces and police personnel who were stationed for duty in the Amira Kadal area of the capital. 

At least one person died and several others were injured in a grenade attack in a busy market area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday. Most of the injuries were among civilians, besides a policeman.  

Senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, Rakesh Balawal, said a man, aged 70 years, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Aslam Makhdoomi (70), a resident of the Nowhatta area in the city.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said at the attack was aimed at security forces and police personnel who were stationed for duty in the Amira Kadal area of the capital. 

The medical superintendent of nearby SMHS hospital, Kanwaljeet Singh, said they received 21 persons with injuries to the hospital. "One among the injured is critical. We don't have the identities of all the injured yet, " he said.

The policeman in his foot and was discharged from hospital after treatment. Amira Kadal is a commercial area that sees a high footfall of locals.

Kishore Prasad, DIG CRPF, said the attack took place at Hari Singh High Street where a party of security forces remains stationed for duty, adding no jawan was injured in the incident. "There have been some civilian injuries, " he said.

Soon after, Srinagar mayor Junaid Azim Mattu wrote on Twitter, “Strongly condemn the grenade attack at Hari Singh High Street and my prayers for those injured in this barbaric, senseless terror attack.”

Leaders of political parties, including two former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers -- Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti -- condemned the attack.

"I condemn this deplorable attack in the strongest possible terms. May the deceased find place in Jannat & may the injured make a complete and speedy recovery," Abdullah of the National Conference wrote on Twitter.

"Condemn this dastardly attack. People of J&K have been paying with their lives & sadly neither India nor Pakistan are doing anything to end the conflict & stop this bloodshed. My prayers are with the bereaved families & loved ones," said Mufti, leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, in a tweet.

The People's Conference, led by Sajad Lone, also condemned the attack.

"We are shocked at the extremely distressing news of a grenade attack at a crowded marketplace in Amira Kadal, Srinagar. We unreservedly condemn the dastardly and cowardly attack in which one civilian died while many are injured," the party said in a statement.

This is a developing story.

(With agency inputs)

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