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Yet another blast in Srinagar; four injured

Separatist guerrillas struck yet again in Srinagar lobbing a powerful hand grenade at a paramilitary force bunker.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 16:27 IST

Separatist guerrillas struck yet again in this Jammu and Kashmir capital lobbing a powerful hand grenade at a paramilitary force bunker at Rainawari in the downtown area on Sunday, injuring four civilian bystanders.

Police said the injured were taken to the SMHS hospital where attending doctors described the condition of one as serious.

Police said guerrillas tossed a hand grenade at a bunker of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Rainawari locality, which missed the target and exploded on the road.

"Four civilians were injured in the explosion," a police officer told IANS in Srinagar.

Police and CRPF troopers jointly searched the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, the bomb disposal squad of the state police defused two hand grenades lying in a park at the south Kashmir Pulwama town, 40 km from Srinagar, on Sunday morning.

Security forces continued to be on high alert in the entire Srinagar. Paramilitary troops and the Kashmir police set up check-points and erected drop gates where passing vehicles were being thoroughly searched in the city.

The city was rocked by serial blasts on Friday, which killed five people and injured around 40.

"We are maintaining a close watch on the situation and patrolling in Srinagar has been intensified," said a police officer.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 16:27 IST