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10 civilians injured in Bijbehara grenade blast

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Srinagar, May 23:  Ten civilians were wounded, one of them critically, in a grenade blast in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday, police said.

An official said that the militants lobbed a grenade at the government forces’ vehicle near Goriwan Chowk. The grenade missed the target and exploded on the roadside, leaving 10 civilians wounded.

The injured were shifted to a local hospital wherefrom four injured were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment, said the official.

He said a 12-year-old boy Fazal Ahmad from Zainapora Shopian was critically injured in the blast. He was shifted to Srinagar along with three other women, identified as Daizy Jan, wife of Manzoor Ahamd; Rozy Akhtar, daughter of Ghulam Ahmed, resident of Hassanpora, and Muneera Akhtar,  daughter of Abdul Rehman Dar, resident of Sangam.

Six persons who suffered minor injuries in the grenade blast are being treated at a nearby hospital, he said.

Immediately after the incident, government forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation for the militants, police said.

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