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2 CRPF men, 7 civilians injured in grenade attack in Srinagar

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Attackers attempting to create panic: IG, CRPF

Srinagar, Feb 02: Two paramilitary personnel and seven civilians were injured in a grenade attack by militants on CRPF personnel in Lal Chowk area, the heart of the Srinagar city, on Sunday, police said.

The militants hurled a grenade on the CRPF personnel posted on duty near Pratap Park in busy Lal Chowk area of the city, a police official said.

The nine injured persons were shifted to a hospital, he said.

The loud explosion caused panic among the people, especially those who had come to the weekly flea market, also known as Sunday market, the official said.

Immediately after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area, he added.

Soon after the grenade attack, CRPF Inspector General (IG) Ravideep Singh Sahi visited the spot and said people responsible for the attack are trying to create apprehensions among locals so that normalcy does not return.

“This is an incident of grenade throwing during the busy Sunday market. Two CRPF personnel sustained minor injuries. Those who threw the grenade want to panic locals so that normalcy does not return,” Sahi told reporters.

The injured CRPF men were from C/171 battalion of of the force.

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