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Boy among 10 civilians injured in grenade blast in Kashmir’s Anantnag

This was the first such attack after the security forces declared a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir to provide relief to the common man during Ramzan.

india Updated: May 23, 2018 14:59 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Civilians who were injured in the grenade blast being taken to a hospital inJammu and Kashmir’s Bijbehara town.(ANI/Twitter)

Ten people were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday.

Police said the militants hurled a hand grenade in Goriwan Chowk of Bijbehara town that left 10 civilians, including a woman and a 12-year-old boy, injured.

A police spokesman said the grenade exploded on a road in a populated area, but did not specify the target of the attack.

“Six people who suffered minor injuries in the grenade blast are being treated at a nearby hospital while the seriously injured, including the boy, has been referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment,’ the spokesman said.

The boy, Fazal Ahmad, who has reportedly been injured in his abdomen, is stated to be critical.

The attack comes a week after Centre declared ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir to help Muslims observe the holy month of Ramzan peacefully.

On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir’s director general of police (DGP) SP Vaid termed the suspension of military operations in the Valley as successful, and asked the local people who have allegedly joined militant ranks to use this as an opportunity and return to their homes.

Soon after the ceasefire was announced, the DGP had asked the families to ask their sons to leave the path of violence and join the mainstream.

First Published: May 23, 2018 13:27 IST