Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

18 injured in occupied Kashmir blast

18 injured in occupied Kashmir blast

Jammu: Suspected terrorists Thursday carried out a grenade attack in the crowded general bus stand area in the heart of the city, injuring 28 persons, three among them critically, officials said.

Riyaz was injured in the blast at the General bus stand, succumbed at a hospital early Friday around 1:15 am, reports said.

The first person who died was identified as 17-year-old Mohammad Shariq from Uttarakhand.

The area has been completely cordoned off and state police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have also been deployed at the explosion site.

India and Pakistan control parts of the disputed Himalayan region, but both claim it in its entirety. On Wednesday, the Indian Army warned Pakistan that any further provocations would have "dire consequences".

He said police were collecting evidence vowed to "to hunt the attacker down". The latest grenade attack came just three weeks after a suicide bomb that killed 40 Indian troops almost dragged the nuclear-armed neighbours into an all-out war.

In response, India said it carried out on February 26 air strikes on what it called a militant training camp at Balakot inside Pakistan. The Pakistani government said no sites or targets had been hit, and on 27 February Islamabad launched its own airstrike.

An Indian fighter jet was shot sot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the pilot was captured.

Following the attack, the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested one man.

According to Hindustan Times, this is the third blast around the Jammu bus stand in the past 10 months.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief at the loss of life and injuries in the terror attack.

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