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Death toll in J&K grenade attack rises to two

Rafiya, a resident of the city’s Hazratbal neighbourhood, died of her injuries at the SMHS hospital on Monday morning.

Officials said a 19-year-old girl who was injured in a grenade blast in Srinagar’s Hari Singh High Street neighbourhood on Sunday succumbed to her injuries on Monday, bringing the death toll in the incident to two.

Rafiya, a resident of the city’s Hazratbal neighbourhood, died of her injuries on Monday morning at the SMHS hospital.

“She died around 8 a.m. after suffering injuries to her head,” officials said.

On Sunday, a 79-year-old man from the city’s Nowhatta neighbourhood died in a blast in the busy market, while 33 others were injured, including a cop.

At around 4.20 p.m., an unknown person threw a hand grenade at security personnel on the Amira Kadal – Hari Singh High Street axis here, according to police and witnesses. The grenade landed in the middle of the road and exploded, injuring 24 pedestrians and a police officer. They were rushed to nearby medical facilities, but one of them, Abdus Salaam, a 70-year-old resident of Srinagar’s Makhdoom Sahab, Nowhatta neighbourhood, died as a result of his injuries, according to hospital sources.

Srinagar grenade attack
Srinagar grenade attack

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Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range), blamed separatist militants for the incident, saying, “We’re working hard to identify the person(s) involved in this gory act and smash this terrorist-criminal module as well.”
“In light of this act of grenade throwing near Amira Kadal bridge on a busy Sunday market, the police urges all civilians to be vigilant and report any suspected activity to it to thwart terrorists’ nefarious designs,” he added.

Sujit Kumar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Central Kashmir), said to reporters at the scene of the incident, “We have the CCTV footage, and some crucial clues have surfaced. Despite the fact that no group has claimed responsibility, the police are following up on leads in order to find the perpetrators “.. He stated that the police will take steps in the future to prevent similar attacks in congested areas. “We will not allow it to become a trend,” he said, adding that security in the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, was a challenge.

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