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14 injured in grenade attack outside DCP office in South Kashmir

Grenade missed the target and exploded on the roadside, causing splinter injuries to eight pedestrians.

SNS | New Delhi |

At least 14 people were injured in a grenade attack by terrorists in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, outside Deputy Commissioner’s office on Saturday, a police official said.

As per an official, the terrorists hurled a grenade on a security patrol outside the heavily guarded complex in Anantnag town around 11 am.

He said that the grenade missed the target and exploded on the roadside, causing splinter injuries to at least ten pedestrians who were shifted to a hospital.

The area has been cordoned off by security forces and a hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists behind the attack, the official said.

People are in panic post the attack in the town. No outfit has claimed the attack so far.

Post the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, militants have been trying to create unrest in the Valley with the state government imposing severe restrictions to prevent the same. Terrorists have been resorting to civilian killings to instil fear among the masses.

In the month of September, three people including a baby girl were killed in Dangerpora area of Sopore district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier on August 29, in Srinagar’s Parim Pora area, some suspected terrorists had fired ruthlessly injuring one civilian.

On Thursday, at the inauguration ceremony of Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat express, a semi high speed express train, Amit Shah said “I have firm belief that we will gain success in complete eradication of terrorism and terrorist ideology from Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. Our Kashmir would be mentioned in the list of most developed Indian states within 10 years.”

Relations between India and Pakistan have nosedived with the recent Pulwama terror attack on February 14, killing over 40 personnel. An IED laden SUV rammed the convoy resulting in the major casualty.

Tensions have once again heightened between the neighbours after the Centre’s move to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir with Islamabad stating it a “strategic blunder” that will cost New Delhi “heavily”.