Three policemen injured in Sopore grenade attack

Three policemen injured in Sopore grenade attack

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Three police personnel were injured in a grenade attack in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.

A police official said that militants hurled a grenade towards security forces party at Main Chowk, Sopore, 52 kilometres from here, injuring three policemen. Immediately after the attack, the area was cordoned off and a search was launched to nab the attackers.

He said the police suspects that the grenade attack was carried out by over-ground-workers of the militants. “Most of the grenade attacks in the Valley are being carried out by OGWs. They are young boys who carry out their routine activities during the day time. Their handlers (militant commanders) assign them specific task and after its completion they again start their routine work,” he added.

Earlier this month, a Class 9 student allegedly lobbed a grenade at a bus stand in Jammu, killing two people and injuring 32. The accused allegedly carried the weapon in his lunch box and concealed it under dry rice, police sources said.

The minor from Kulgam in south Kashmir was arrested at a police checkpoint in Nagrota, 20 km from Jammu, while he was trying to return home after carrying out the attack.

Even though in the recent years, the focus of militant activities has shifted to south Kashmir, the security grid has been keeping an eye on “growing militancy” in Sopore, considered as a bastion of politico-religious organisation Jamaat-e-Ismali, which was recently banned by the Center.

Sopore sub-district which is part of the Baramulla district, according to police records, has nearly 30 local militants, including a dozen locals. However, after the killing of three local Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in January, Baramulla was declared first militant-free police district of the Valley by the police.