Grenade blasts shocks Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 14: Militants today carried out three grenade attacks, including one near civil secretariat, seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government, injuring a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable and a civilian.

Official sources said militants hurled a hand grenade towards D-company, the 23rd battalion of the CRPF, guarding the secretariat from the rare side.

It exploded on the roadside causing injuries to the head constable and an ice-cream vendor.

A CRPF spokesperson confirmed that the grenade exploded near the rare gate of the secretariat.

The secretariat remains closed on Saturday.

No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the blast.

This was the first such attack on the seat of the government after 'darbar move' offices reopened last month.

However, last month also, a similar attack was carried out by the militants near headquarters of fire service, half a km away from the Secretariat. The grenade did not exploded and was later defused.

In another incident, militants hurled a hand grenade towards an under construction house, housing a platoon of 158 battalion CRPF at Botshah Mohallah Lal Bazar in the city outskirts. However, it missed the intended target and exploded at a distance without causing any damage.

In a similar attack, militants threw another a hand grenade Firdous cinema in Hawal, housing a company headquarters of 96 battalion CRPF.

However, there was no report of any loss of life or injury to anyone.

UNI

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