At least eight people including a woman were wounded in a grenade attack by suspected militants in a market place in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday, police officials said.
This is the third incident of its kind in Kashmir valley since the state’s special status was revoked in Parliament and restrictions imposed on the movement of people on August 5.
The suspected militants threw a grenade in Hari Singh High Street, and it exploded close to the busy Lal Chowk square. Police have cordoned off the area around the explosion and a search operation is underway. The local force tweeted that the injured civilians are all in a stable condition.
“Terrorists lobbed a grenade at HSH (Hari Singh High) Street [in] Srinagar. Eight civilians injured. All are stated to be stable. Area under cordon. Search in the area is in progress,” the police said.
The incident bears striking similarities to a grenade attack outside the deputy commissioner’s building in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on October 4.
That attack saw at least 10 people injured at the heavily guarded complex 55km from Srinagar.