One Killed, 14 injured in Grenade attack in Jehangir Chowk

One person was killed and 14 others were injured in a grenade attack at the busy Jehangir Chowk in Srinagar on Thursday. It was almost after three years that the militants carried out a grenade attack in the heart of Srinagar.
The police said the grenade was lobbed by militants around 5.30 pm at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel deployed in the area. It missed the target and exploded on the road.
“The splinters hit at least 15 persons, including a traffic policeman. They were rushed to a hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries,” a police officer said.
The deceased was identified as Maqsood Ahmad Shah of Budgam district. The police said they were ascertaining whether it was Maqsood who had lobbed the grenade or not.
Soon after the incident, senior security officials rushed to the spot, which is a high-security zone as the civil secretariat is located a few metres away.
The pedestrians ran away from the spot after the explosion.
In November 2014, militants had lobbed a grenade at the CRPF near Pladium in Lal Chowk, injuring seven civilians and a security man. Militants have been carrying out grenade attacks in Srinagar.
Last year, militants had also shown their presence in Srinagar by killing three policemen. Militants have also carried out attacks in city’s outskirts this year.