Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir was rocked by three grenade attacks in last 24 hours. While, Friday witnessed two attacks in Shopian and Srinagar districts, the first one was reported on Thursday in which three policemen were injured. Terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed the responsibility of the attacks. No casualties were reported in the incidents which came around a week ahead of Republic Day 2019 celebrations.
Briefing the media over the attacks on Friday, the state police informed that no loss of life or property have been reported in the incidents. Cases in connection to the matter have been registered and a probe is underway.
Meanwhile, a man was arrested on Friday from Lolab area of Kupwara district after he was found in possession of a hand grenade.
Initial investigations have revealed that the man, identified as Mohammad Aslam Beigh, was planning to join militant ranks, a police spokesman said, adding, he was motivated to take up arms through social media by “entities based in Pakistan”.
On Friday, ultras lobbed a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force bunker at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk. Terrorists also hurled a grenade at security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir. On Thursday, a grenade attack was carried out on security forces at Zero bridge in Srinagar.
The incident was reported after five Pakistani soldiers were gunned down while seven of their bunkers destroyed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops on Wednesday night across the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector.
Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Thursday said that in 2018 more than 250 terrorists were killed. Talking to reporters after inaugurating Kalai Bridge constructed by Border Roads Organization, he said, “2018 has been a great year for the security forces, more than 250 terrorists were killed, 54 were caught alive, and 4 surrendered to the forces.”