Ahead of Republic Day, Militants launch grenade attacks in Srinagar, South Kashmir

Srinagar: Suspected Militants lobbed grenade on a CRPF bunker located at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar.

An official said the grenade exploded on the roadside with a bang. There was no loss of life or injuries.

However, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker as well as some shops and the windowpanes of a parked vehicle (JK01AH-0279) were damaged in the attack.

The area was cordoned off shortly after the incident; however, no arrests were made.

Three grenade attacks rocked Jammu and Kashmir on Friday ahead of the upcoming Republic Day. The first grenade attack was reported from Ghanta Ghar in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area, second attack took place in Gagran area of South Kashmir’s Shopian while as third grenade attack was hurled on Police Station Kakpora Pulwama, which exploded inside compound without any injuries.

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) later took the responsibility of the twin attack in Srinagar and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

While Jammu and Kashmir Police yesterday in view of the upcoming Republic Day issued advisory to officers, asking them to remain vigil round-the-clock as several new check-points have been set up for frisking of people here.

Officers were advised to remain vigil round the clock. Meanwhile several frisking points have been set up not only in Srinagar but in rural areas as well due to the safety and security reasons. People are requested to cooperate.

This is the fifth such attack in Kashmir in past few days.

First attack happened in Palladium with no damages followed by twin grenade attack on Thursday and Friday at Rajbagh and Ghanta Ghar respectively.

According to Valley Media Service, an assistant sub-inspector of police and two traffic cops were injured in a grenade attack near Zero Bridge area of Srinagar yesterday afternoon.(VMS)