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Grenade blast leaves 9 security men injured

Grenade blast leaves 9 security men injured
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Hizb claims responsibility

Srinagar: Nine security personnel, including five CRPF jawans, were injured in a militant attack in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday afternoon, police said.

Militants lobbed a grenade and opened fire on the personnel from a crowd when they were busy with law and order duties on Tral road, a police spokesman said.

He said nine security personnel five CRPF jawans and four cops – were injured in the attack.

Security forces’ personnel exercised maximum restraint after being attacked to prevent any civilian casualty, the spokesman said.

He said the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen has claimed the responsibility of the grenade attack.

Hizb Operational spokesperson Burhanuddin told a local news gathering news agency that attack was carried out on Indian Forces when they were on way to ‘suppress’ people. “In the attack over a dozen Forces personnel were injured, some of them critical,” he said.

The spokesperson quoted Operational Commander Muhammad Bin Qasim as having said that they have send a message to all the militants to stay safe and target forces establishment at opportune time, news agency CNS reported.

The agency while quoting the spokesperson said that the attacks on the forces will be intensified.

Meanwhile, suspected militants attacked an army vehicle at Machpuna crossing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday evening.

However, there was no report of any casualties.

According to a police source, militants were hiding in orchards and fired at a patrolling vehicle of army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles.

The army soldiers inside the vehicle retaliated by firing several shots, leading to a brief exchange of fire.

Soon after the incident, the forces personnel cordoned off the whole area to nab the attackers.

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