Militant outfit Hizbul Muahideen (HM) has claimed responsibility of Pulwama grenade blast in which at least 14 policemen and a civilian were injured. The grenade was lobbed policemen who were taking rest at one place outside District Hospital Pulwama.
HM Operational Spokesperson, Baleeg-u-Din told CNS on phone that such attacks would be carried out in future as well. “Police and SOG are our target and our Mujhadeen would attack them in future as well,” he said.
Reports said that after day long duty scores of policemen had gathered outside District Hospital Pulwama and were taking rest. Unidentified persons hurled a grenade which exploded with a big bang injuring 14 policemen and a civilian. Seven policemen were referred to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in critical condition.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that police and CRPF personnel fired some aerial shots soon after the grenade attack that created panic in the area. “We exercised maximum restraint and did not aim at anyone. The policemen fired in air to defend themselves,” Dy Sp Headquarters Sajad Ahmed told CNS.
The injured policemen have been identified as Ghulam Muhammad Dar (758), Manzoor Ahmed (757), Zahoor Ahmed Ganaie (100), Muhammad Shafi (302), Muhammad Yousf (514), Ghulam Nabi (848), Fayaz Ahmed (600), Gowhar Bhat (220), Bilal Ahmed (1595) and Aarif Shafi. One civilian, Bashir Ahmed from New Colony Pulwama suffered minor injuries.