20 CIVILIANS INJURED IN SOPORE GRENADE EXPLOSION

SRINAGAR, Oct 28: At least 20 civilians were injured four of them critically after unknown persons today hurled a hand grenade near General Bus Stand Sopore in north Kashmir.
The blast, according to reports, occurred near a hotel at General Bus Stand Sopore at around 4 PM in which 20 persons sustained injured.

While four critically injured including three women were shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar, others with minor injuries were taken to local hospital in Sopore for treatment.
Witnesses said that the blast which created panic in entire locality was lobbed at General Bus Stand near Hotel Plaza which always remains crowded with people and roadside vendors.

Sources at SMHS said that four of the critically injured civilians including three women were brought to the hospital for treatment. The attack took place two days after six CRPF personal suffered injuries in a similar incident at Kak Sarai area in Srinagar.

The critically injured have been identified as Iram Jan 25, a resident of Jammu who studies at Agriculture College Sopore, Jameela 24 a resident of Hygam Sopore, Rubina Jan of Hyderpora Srinagar and Irshad Ahmad of Harwan Sopore.
Sources said that as soon as the blast took place, joint team of police and paramilitary forces carried intense cordon and search operation in the area which continued for nearly half an hour, however no arrests were made till reports last came in.
A senior police official, while confirming the incident, claimed that the militants carried out the attack with intensions to target civilians in the busy Bus Stand. He said that case has been registered at police station Sopore in this regard and further investigations set into motion.