Grenade attack in Srinagar, 13 CRPF men injured

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Nov 5: Militants this evening attacked a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Khayam area of Khanyar in Srinagar city, injuring 13 CRPF men.
The attack at the CRPF camp comes at a time when security is on high alert in Srinagar ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally to be held at SK Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The militants hurled a grenade towards 82 battalion of CRPF stationed in Ikhwan Hotel in Khayam area of Khanyar this evening. The grenade was hurled at mobile bunker stationed outside the camp. It exploded near the bunker and 13 CRPF personnel who were around it were injured.
The injured CRPF men were removed to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital for treatment. The doctors attending them said that they are out of danger but one among them is critical.
Soon after the attack, senior police and CRPF officers rushed to the area to assess the situation. The area was immediately cordoned off and searches were conducted but militants had fled from the area under the cover of darkness.
Militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack on CRPF camp in Khayam area of Srinagar city. In a statement to local news agencies the statement said that Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militants carried out the attack by hurling grenade on Ikhwan hotel.
The Ikhwan hotel where the attack took place is hardly two kilometers away from the venue of the Prime Minister’s rally. It comes at the time when security forces have established nakas at various parts of Srinagar and have been conducting searches of the vehicles and frisking of people.
In the meantime, the authorities have decided to impose curfew like restrictions in parts of Srinagar tomorrow to prevent any violence as separatists have called for Jamia Masjid march. The protest march call was given by moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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