Militants claim onus for Anantnag attacks

Radical militant outfit Jamiatul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the two attacks on polling stations at Anantnag and Bijbehara in which one person was killed and 17 were injured.
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Updated on May 05, 2004 07:50 PM IST
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Radical militant outfit Jamiatul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the two attacks on polling stations at Anantnag and Bijbehara in which one person was killed and 17 were injured on Wednesday.

A person identifying himself as spokesman of Jamiat telephoned PTI and said the outfit carried out the attacks on the polling stations.

Earlier, in a bid to disrupt the elections in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, militants carried out several grenade attacks and also detonated an IED targeting election and security related installations, killing one person and injuring eighteen others, official sources said.

Militants lobbed a rifle grenade towards a polling station set up at government women’s college at around killing a civilian Ghulam Hassan Lone and wounding two others, the sources said.

Fifteen persons, including five policemen and four poll officials, were injured when militants lobbed a grenade at a polling station at Bijbehara, the sources said.

The sources said a BSF jawan was injured when militants hurled a grenade at a polling booth at Sofshalibugh in Kokernag area around 9.50 am.

Militants also carried out grenade attacks on polling stations at Akhran-Gazigund, Larnoo-Kokernag and Zainapora-Shopian but there were no reports of any casualty in the incidents, the sources said.

They said an improvised explosive device was set off by militants at Arwani in Dooru area around 10.35 am, but none was hurt in the explosion.

Militants also opened indiscriminate firing on Larnoo polling station around 9 am, but no one was hurt.

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