SRINAGAR: A civilian was killed and two CRPF men and a civilian injured in a grenade attack on the armored vehicle of paramilitary forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A police officer said militants hurled a grenade towards a CRPF vehicle (mobile bunker) in busy Murran chowk area of Pulwama district at around 11.45 am.
He said the grenade hit the rear side of the vehicle and exploded with a big bang.
Two civilians and two CRPF men sustained splinter injuries in the grenade blast.
The injured were rushed to District Hospital Pulwama, where one of the critically injured person identified as Mohammad Ayoub Wani succumbed to injuries.
According to doctors, the grenade splinters had pierced through his heart.
They termed condition of another injured as stable.
Immediately after the grenade attack, police and paramilitary personnel laid siege around the area. They conducted combing operation in the area to flush out the militants responsible for the attack. However, no arrests were reported.
A police officer said they believe the attack was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen militants.
“The Hizb militants are mostly active in South Kashmir and this attack would have been carried by them. We are trying to identify the militants involved in the attack,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the killing of a civilian in the grenade attack.
“Killings and violence have done no good to societies but have only added up the miseries and wounds of people leaving behind a trail of tragedies,” she said and expressed her sympathies with the injured in the blast and prayed for their speedy recovery.