In another terrorist attack on the civilians of Kashmir on Saturday, a hand grenade was lobbed near the Deputy Commissioner's office in Anantnag district. Sources report that ten people have been injured in the attack. The injured victims have been transferred to the local hospital in Anantnag and their condition is reported to be stable. A traffic police officer is also reportedly among those injured. This is reportedly the first grenade attack in the Valley since the Centre revoked Article 370 on August 5.
"After 10:30 AM this morning, terrorists lobbed a grenade in the Lal Chowk area in Anantnag. This is a busy area in the district. The attack has injured 10 people - a Head traffic police constable and nine civilians. The attack was aimed to spread fear," said Atul Goyal - DIG South Kashmir, while talking to reporters.
Sources further report that the Army has launched cordon and search operations in the area. The manhunt is reportedly on to catch the culprit by the Forces. The Jammu-Kashmir Police have registered an FIR and have launched an investigation into the attack, as per sources. This attack was reportedly aimed at spreading fear among the locals by terror outfits. Sources report that the attack also aimed at stopping people from venturing out of their homes.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Army continued to target civilians along the Line of Control (LoC), this time killing an 18-year old Kashmiri youth in Kamalkote sector, Uri district in Jammu-Kashmir. Sources report that Pakistan Army has been committing ceasefire violations for the past 24 hours in the area. The Pakistan Army is reportedly targetting Indan Army posts as well as the civilian population. Sources report that mortar shells were used by the Pakistan Army in this unprovoked firings. Civilians are allegedly not able to take their cattle out for grazing and students are unable to attend school fearing for their lives.
Meanwhile, the Centre has stated that the situation in Kashmir is slowly being restored back to normalcy. Sources report that in Anantnag there has been almost 50% vehicular movement as per usual. Sources also report that 10-20% of the shops in the district have been opened. While traffic has been seen increasing in the Valley, public transport is still not functional, as informed by authorities. While landline connections have been restored completely, internet and cell connections too have been restored to most parts of the Valley, according to Kashmir administration, while economic activity too has picked up, as stated by authorities. Schools have also opened in the Valley and attendance has been gradually rising. The state administration has been giving regular reports about medical facilities functional in the Valley.