SRINAGAR: At the very least 3 civilians including a lady ended up killed and 30 some others wounded when suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists attacked the cavalcade of streets & buildings minister Naeem Akhtar in Tral, 32 km south of Srinagar on Thursday early morning.
Pakistan-sponsored terror groups in Kashmir have intensified their attacks from the PDP ever due to the fact it cast an alliance with the BJP to sort the federal government in the condition. Several PDP leaders and associates have been focused in the previous 3 several years.
Akhtar, a single of the closest aides of main minister Mehbooba Mufti, experienced absent to Tral for inauguration of a civil is effective undertaking in the town. Tral is the household town of previous Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an come across with stability forces previous calendar year in July, which resulted in significant protests and violence for above 4 months, leaving above 80 folks lifeless and hundreds wounded.
PDP MLA of Tral Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, who was touring in a single of the automobiles, stated the terrorists attacked the motorcade with a hand grenade and gunfire from automatic rifles. “The minister escaped unharmed but my bullet-evidence car been given numerous gunshots,” Shah stated.
DG police S P Vaid stated, the target of the attack was the minister. The assailants, he stated, managed to escape in the melee brought about by the grenade attack.
Ten critically wounded folks, besides the officers who ended up accompanying the minister, ended up taken to Srinagar clinic, block health-related officer of Tral stated. The slain civilians ended up determined as Pinky Kaur (a Sikh lady scholar of Islamic University), 80-calendar year-aged Ghulam Nabi Trag and Mohammad Iqbal Khan. Tral has a substantial Sikh population.
Police stated almost 18 pedestrians including quite a few officers ended up wounded in the grenade attack. Six people who sustained injuries because of to grenade splinters including a lady and an engineer ended up shifted to SMHS in Srinagar.
Before long soon after the attack, regional youth arrived to the streets increasing professional-Azadi and professional-Pakistan slogans and pelted stones on the stability forces deployed in the town for the minister’s stability. To disperse the agitating mob, stability forces utilised tear gas shells, police claimed. Far more than two dozen folks including a single police constable sustained pellet injuries, in accordance to BMO of Tral sub-district clinic.
Nonetheless, police in a assertion, denied the use of pellet guns.
R&B minister Naeem Akhtar, who is acknowledged to share a good rapport with separatists, criticized the attackers, “These folks (terrorists) are importing hand grenades and employing on their individual folks. What crime experienced these pedestrians dedicated that they ended up killed?” He pointed out that he was there because the federal government has carried out civil is effective truly worth Rs 100 cr in Tral.
Terror outfits Hizbul Mujhadeen and Lashkar-e-Taiba condemned the terror attack and blamed the “Indian companies” for it. Police officers stated terror groups in Kashmir often deny obligation when their terror attacks induce only civilian deaths.