Five killed in 7 explosions in Srinagar
Five people were killed and 40 injured on Friday in a series of grenade attacks in Srinagar.
The Jamiat-ul-Mujahedin, the Islamic Front, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Al-Mansoorian have claimed responsibility for the attacks. They said the security forces were the targets.
A total of seven blasts rocked the city. While five attacks were carried out in the day, two occurred in the evening. The day blasts took place as people were preparing for prayers.
They have attacked after a long time but the motive is not clear. Today was an auspicious day and people were busy with prayers. It is outrageous, he said.
In the first attack, militants hurled a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker outside the Central Telegraph Office. It missed the target but one person was injured.
In the second blast on Hari Singh High Street, six people were injured and two of them died in hospital.
Within minutes, there was an attack at the Magharmal Bagh crossing. This was followed by a blast at Batmaloo in which a police vehicle was the target.
The fifth blast at Dalgate, on the banks of the Dal Lake, claimed three lives and injured several persons.
In the evening, militants hurled a grenade at a police patrol in Sekkidafar area of downtown Srinagar.
Fifteen people, including three CRPF personnel, three policemen and three civilians, were injured in the attack, sources said.
Late in the evening, another blast rocked Bohri Kadal. Five people were injured and they were immediately taken to hospital. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical.
Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the blasts an act of cowardice. Those behind them were enemies of peace and humanity. They would be dealt with strictly. But such attacks will not deter us from carrying forward the peace process.
The former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, expressed grief over the loss of lives. All of us need to condemn such blasts aimed at disrupting peace, he said.
State Governor Lt. Gen. (Retd.) S. K. Sinha said such incidents were lunatic acts of those who have no regard for human values and that terrorism has no place in any civilised society.