Srinagar: Three personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir police, including an officer, received splinter injuries when militants struck in broad daylight and hurled a hand grenade on Thursday afternoon in summer capital, Srinagar, where an alert has been issued in view of Republic Day (RD) celebrations on January 26.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility of the attack, which took place less than a km from s K International Cricket Stadium where the main RD function is scheduled to be hed.
Official sources said that militants, probably riding a two-wheeler, hurled a hand grenade at Zero-Bridge which remained busy throughout the day. Militants later managed to escape before the security forces arrived at the spot.
They said three police personnel identified as Assistant Sub Inspector of Armed police Iqbal Singh, head constable Sonaullah and constable Haris Manzoor received splinter injured when the grenade exploded, sound of which was heard in the entire area. People, including women and children, ran for safety, an eyewitness told UNI.
He said the traffic came to halt in the busy area and shopkeepers took shelter inside their shops.
The attack came at a time when a fresh alert has been issued following intelligence reports that militants can carry out attack on or before the RD. The area remains busy throughout the day and VIP also travel this route to reach airport. This was the first such attack in recent years.
Militants on 1 January 11 hurled a hand grenade towards a picket of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), at historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, Srinagar. No one was injured in the attack.