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Cop among 8 hurt in grenade attack in Srinagar, 1 held

Srinagar, January 25

Amidst heightened security for the Republic Day celebrations, seven civilians and a police officer were wounded after suspected militants hurled a grenade at security forces at Hari Singh High street in Srinagar on Tuesday. Later, the police claimed to have arrested one of the accused. IGP, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar didn’t reveal any details about the arrested person.

The grenade was tossed at a bulletproof police vehicle, puncturing its tyre and also damaging three nearby shops. The splinters hit seven pedestrians, including an inspector of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), and three women, a police official said.

The attack took place barely 1 km away from the venue for the Republic Day celebrations, which unlike the past will not see snapping of internet and other communication services in Kashmir.

For the past two weeks, security forces have been conducting regular patrolling in Srinagar and frisking civilians.

The injured persons were immediately removed to a nearby hospital, where doctors termed their condition as stable. A police official said a case under relevant sections had been registered. Further investigation is being carried out.

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