Two people were hurt in an explosion on Friday afternoon in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town, after suspected militants hurled a grenade in busy Goriwan market, apparently at an army truck.
The attackers however missed the target completely and the grenade exploded on the footpath, injuring two civilians and inflicting damage to the nearby shops.
The attack was carried out by suspected militants at about 2:30 PM on Friday.
Eyewitnesses said an Army vehicle moving towards Srinagar was targeted.
“They missed the target however and the grenade exploded just in front of my shop,” a shopkeeper told Rising Kashmir.
A senior police official confirmed that the explosion was indeed that of a hand grenade and two civilians were hurt.
“The injured were immediately rushed to the nearby Sub-District Hospital,” the police official said.
The injured were identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, a medical representative from Rainawari area of Srinagar and Gul Muhammad Thoker, a resident of neighboring Gadiseer village.
Doctors at SDH Bijbehara said both the injured were stable. “Khan had injuries to his chest and has been shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Thoker was discharged from here after treatment,” said a doctor who attended the injured.
Following the explosion the area was cordoned off by a large cache of police and paramilitary CRPF.
Police questioned the shell shocked shopkeepers about the explosion and few searches were conducted in the area. Traffic remained disrupted on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for a while.