Five civilians, 2 CRPF jawans injured in grenade attack

Five civilians, 2 CRPF jawans injured in grenade attack

A police official said the grenade was hurled at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployment near Sherbagh, Anantnag. DH photo

Five civilians and two paramilitary personnel were injured when militants hurled a grenade towards a CRPF deployment in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town on Thursday.

A police official said the grenade was hurled at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployment near Sherbagh, Anantnag, 55 kms from here, but it missed the intended target and exploded on the road, leaving five pedestrians and two troopers wounded.
 
The injured, which included three women, were shifted to district hospital Anantnag immediately, he said. The area was cordoned off to nab the attackers. No militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack, but the police suspect Jaish-e-Mohammad involvement.

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There has been a spurt in grenade attack cases in the past and what is worrisome for the security forces is that these attacks are coming up at a time when they are already on a high alert.
 
A senior police officer dealing with counter-insurgency operations said it looks like that the Jaish has received a fresh consignment of grenades and they are targeting forces just to create an impression that militants were present and militancy alive in the Valley.
 
“If the recent attacks are an indication, it seems that militants have revived the strategy of lobbing grenades at security forces and on the roads. Throwing grenades at busy places is either aimed to provoke the security forces to fire indiscriminately or create a fear among them that they are vulnerable to such attacks,” he said.

 
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