Govt Forces Intensify Searches, Frisking; JeM claims responsibility for both attacks
Srinagar, Jan 18: In a second grenade attack in 24 hours here and third in the Valley ahead of January 26, militants hurled a grenade on government forces in Srinagar on Friday afternoon. There was a similar attack in Shopian district of Kashmir Valley as well and both attacks were claimed to have been carried out by militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Reports reaching GNS said that the militants lobbed a grenade on CRPF vehicle near Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk Srinagar, the busiest market in the heart of the city. In the blast, there was no immediate report of any injury to a person. However, reports of damage to some vehicles and glasses of some shops were reported.
The government forces launched massive searches in the area and carried frisking of the pedestrian.
At Gagran Shopian, militants hurled a grenade on SOG camp. However, there was no report of any injury in the explosion.
“Police had to attend two terror crime spots today following the reports of a grenade attack by (militant) at Srinagar and Shopian,” a police spokesman said.
Officers from the local police units immediately reached to both the spots on Friday afternoon to initiate the investigation in the matter.
“While attending the spot, officers did not receive any report pertaining to the loss of life or property,’ the spokesman said.
Police have registered cases for both the incidents, the spokesman said and added that the officers from the local police units are at work to establish the full circumstances which led to these incidents.
On Thursday, an ASI of police and two traffic cops were injured in a grenade attack at Zero Bridge area of Rajbagh, Srinagar.
Meanwhile, like yesterday’s attack, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit claimed responsibly for the grenade attacks in which it said several paramilitary forces personnel were injured.
A spokesperson of JeM Mohammad Hassan in a statement issued to GNS claimed that three forces personnel were critically injured in the attack on a CRPF vehicle at Lal Chowk “just a few steps away from the Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower).”
He also claimed that several forces personnel were critically injured in the attack at Gagran in south Kashmir’s Shopian district