Kashmir: Militants hurl grenades, attack Shopian's police station and Batapora Chowk

Two grenade blasts took place at two separate places in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday evening, injuring three civilians. The attacks occurred two days after militants targeted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) post in Udhampur.

The first attack occurred at Shopian police station and the second one at Batapora Chowk. The attacks were timed 10 minutes apart, reported Times Now.

The first attack took place at 5.30 pm when militants lobbed a grenade at the police station building complex in Shopian, a police official said.

The grenade exploded in the compound of the police station without causing any damage, he said.

In the second attack, the ultras hurled a grenade at Batapora chowk, about 200 metres away from the police station, resulting in injuries to three civilians.

The injured persons have been admitted to District Hospital for treatment, the official said.

Security forces have launched an operation to track down the assailants, he added.

A week ago, a grenade was hurled at a CRPF vehicle, injuring four paramilitary troopers and three policemen, in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported Hindustan Times.

According to India.com, this is the fourth instance of militant assault in Kashmir in the past one week.

While no outfit has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks on Wednesday, earlier this month Hizb-ul-Mujahideen's top commander Burhan Wani released a video urging the youth to join his outfit and help in the profiling of police officers of their respective areas. “If any policeman, army or anybody supporting the Indian cause tries to enter any home at any place in any corner of Kashmir, kick them out. Every Kashmiri has our support, Inshallah. And pelt stones to quell army when they come to your areas because this land belongs to us,” he said in Urdu in the video.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 15, 2016 19:28:17 IST