J&K: 3 killed, close shave for PWD minister in Tral grenade attack

Three civilians, including one woman, were killed and 39 others, including security personnel, were injured in the grenade in the Tral area in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir district on Thursday.

Police sources said militants threw a hand grenade to service security forces near the main tral bus stop, which strengthened security for the visit of State Public Works Minister Syed Naeem, Akhter Andrabi .

The grenade hit the road and exploded, killing two pedestrians, including one woman on the spot and injuring another forty, including seven CRPF staff members on duty. One of the seriously injured civilians died in a local hospital with a death toll of three, officials said. The dead were identified as Ghulam Nabi Parag, Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Pinty Kour.

One reported that the grenade had been thrown into the caravan of the ministry by suspected militants, but the officers did not confirm it. According to this report, the flashes also hit two official moving vehicles, wounding two engineers and a driver.

The wounded were transferred to several hospitals in Tral and Srinagar. Reports indicated that the condition of at least four of them is “critical.”
Reinforcements by security forces besieged a large area of the city of Tral, 45 kilometers south of Srinagar, to begin the investigation.

Meanwhile, police said Thursday that a cordon and a search operation has been launched in the middle of the Sinai region. was injured in the region.

Authorities said they suspected that the three young villages Kaskoot and Ashar Banihal, who had disappeared since Wednesday afternoon, directed the attack on SSB service men near the Jawahar Hills Pirpanjal Tunnel separating the Kashmir Valley from the Jammu region . They also said that the mobile phone of one of these youths was found in a bag located half a kilometer from the site of the sneak attack.

“It is believed that the youth have followed an attack on the surrounding hills and a search operation is underway to capture them,” said a police officer.

SSB officials said that during the attack at 19:15, armed men against the group returned strength of the vital tunnel security service along the Srinagar-Jammu road. A police officer was killed and an assistant sub inspector was injured in the attack in which the assailants also wrenched a SS-AR-41 insas and a personal rifle.

The premises held demonstrations outside Tral’s headquarters on the grounds that security forces fired live ammunition in retaliation for grenade attacks that wounded civilians.

They accused CRPF staff of opening a blind chimney and using pellet rifles on pedestrians. Authorities denied the allegation but promised to investigate the incident.
Initial reports described the incident as “mysterious” when police said it could be the case of “fratricide”


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