10 Injured In Grenade Blast Outside Shopian Mosque

13 August 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag: At least 10 persons were injured in a grenade explosion just outside the compound of a mosque in Trenz village of south Kashmir's Shopian district. This is the second grenade blast in a matter of 12 hours. On Wednesday evening, a grenade explosion was reported from the Khanyar area of Srinagar, injuring an ASI of the police and a CRPF man. Grenade blasts are not uncommon in Kashmir, however, this is the first time that the target apparently was a mosque. The explosion was reported about 4:45 am on Thursday soon after the dawn prayers. Shopian Superintendent of Police Altaf Khan says people were coming out of the mosque after prayers when they spotted a strange device lying just outside the mosque compound. 'It was a steel tumbler kept upside down,' said the SP. 'Many people gathered around it and when one of them tried to pick it up, it went off with a bang.' He said 10 persons were injured in the explosion, 'Six of them have been discharged after treatment at a local hospital while four others were sent to Srinagar for scans and other investigations to be conducted. They, however, are out of danger.' The explosive might have been a low-intensity hand grenade, said Khan. 'The investigation has just begun but it is too early to say anything,' he added. Meanwhile, a grenade fitted in a steel tumbler was also spotted at a militant's house in Pahlipora village of south Kashmir's Shopian district, half a kilometre from the mosque. According to reports, family members of Waseem Malla, a wanted commander of militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, spotted the device kept on the porch of their house. The police was called in by the family and the explosive was defused. In Srinagar, General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha said the grenade exploded in Shopian when people tried to see what it was. 'This morning outside a house, there was a grenade which was kept under some glass and when people tried to see what it was, it exploded injuring several people. Soon after, there was a similar situation but luckily people chose not to touch it and informed the Kashmir police,' Lt General Saha said on the sidelines of a function. Full dress rehearsals: Full dress rehearsals were held at all district and tehsil headquarters of Kashmir amid tight security. In Srinagar, Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hassan Samoon unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took salute during the march past. The march past was presented by contingents of the JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, BSF, women's police, State Disaster Response Force, Forest Protection Force, fire and emergency services and schoolchildren. Colourful cultural programmes were presented by students in collaboration with the departments of information and youth services and sports and the Cultural Academy. Restrictions in old city: In view of Friday congregational prayers and Pakistan's Independence Day, the authorities have decided to impose restrictions in the old city on August 14. Sources said security agencies apprehend protests and Pakistan flag hoisting by some separatist groups in the old city and the restrictions were aimed at foiling these plans