Non-local among 13 civilians injured in Pulwama after grenade “missed intended target”

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At least thirteen civilians including a non-local from Uttar Pradesh were injured on Wednesday evening after the suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards a joint team of forces in Kakapora area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Quoting an unidentified official, a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reported that the militants hurled a grenade towards a joint team of forces, that injured thirteen civilians.

The official told that the injured civilians have been shifted to a nearby hospital while the area has been condoned off to nab the attackers.

The injured were identified in the report as Raja Begum and Suhail Ahmad—both residents of Naman Kakapora; Adil Ahmad of Samboora; Amir Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh; Ghulam Mohi-ud-din of Laribal Kakapora; Mushtaq Ahmad of Anantnag; Bashir Ahmad Dar, Habib Ulla Shiekh, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Abrar Dar, Bashir Ahmad, Muhammad Ayoub Digo, and Shabir Ahmad from Kakapora.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pampore, Dr Gulzar Ahmad said that all the injured civilians were taken to PHC Kakapora, wherefrom four were referred to Sub District Hospital Pampore and two to Bone and Joint Hospital in Srinagar.

Most of them received splinter injuries and all of them are stable, he said.

Meanwhile, police in a statement issued here stated that today at 5:45 PM, Pulwama police received information from Main Town Kakapora area of Pulwama where militants had hurled a grenade upon a CRPF bunker.

Senior police officers reached the spot, the statement said, adding that preliminary investigation revealed that militants had hurled a grenade upon a bunker of 41 Bn CRPF at Main Town Kakapora area of Pulwama. “However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the road,” it said.

“In this incident, twelve civilians received injuries. All the injured have been evacuated to a nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries,” police said, adding that a case has been registered in this regard under relevant sections of law.

“Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this incident. The area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” police said. (KNO)

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