Srinagar, Jun 2: Eight people including four paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and an equal number of civilians were injured on Saturday in three grenade attacks carried out by terrorists at three locations in Srinagar. Militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) owned responsibility for these attacks. The attacks come a day after a high alert was issued in Jammu and Kashmir over the possibility of Fiyadeen attack in next 2-3 days.
The first grenade attack took place in Fateh Kadal area of old city in Srinagar. Three CRPF troopers and three civilians including a woman were injured.
In less than three hours, the terrorists carried out the second attack in Badshah Chowk area close to city centre Lal Chowk. One CRPF trooper and a civilian pedestrian was injured in the second attack.
Third attack occurred minutes after the second attack. Terrorists hurled a grenade at another CRPF vehicle in Magarmal Bagh area of Srinagar. Nobody was injured in the third attack.
Attacks have taken place in Srinagar city during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan when the security forces have suspended operations against the militants in Kashmir to ensure that the people observe the holy month in prayer and penance.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir for two days next week. Sources told IANS Singh will take stock of events since the ceasefire announcement and also analyse the possibility of extending the ceasefire to the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra.
High Alert in J&K Over Possible Fidayeen Attack Inputs
Earlier on Friday, a high alert was issued in Srinagar over the high possibility of a Fidayeen and a hit and run attack on security forces and their establishments in next two or three days. The attack is speculated to take place on June 2, which is Jang-e-Badar eve i.e., 17th of Ramzan.
The alert was issued after the intelligence agency confirmed about the infiltration of some terrorists in the region from the across the border. In the wake of the same, heavy security has been on guard in the region.
Checking and frisking have also been intensified at all entry points of the state. Hotels and guest houses are being checked for the presence of any suspicious person.