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J&K: Grenade blast at bus stand injures at least 28, one succumbs to injuries

File photo. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 07, 2019, 03.16 PM (IST)

IGP Jammu Zone on Thursday tweeted out informing of a casualty in the grenade blast that took place at Jammu bus stand earlier in the day. 

The person killed has been identified as 17-year-old Md Sharik. 

"Sad to inform that Md Sharik (in pic) s/o Intijar R/o Toda, Kalyanpur, Ahatmal, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, age 17 years succumbed to the injuries that he suffered in the grenade blast at Jammu Bus Stand on 7.3.19," the tweet read. 

The blast took place at a bus stand in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) earlier today.

MK Sinha, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu said, "It was a grenade explosion."

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As many as 28 people have been reported injured in the blast that is being described as the third grenade attack in the bus stand area of the city since May last year.

The injured have been admitted to the nearest hospital with at least 3 people in critical condition.

"So far 28 persons were brought with splinter injuries. Three are critical, of whom two are being operated," Principal, Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, Sunanda Raina told news agency PTI.

MoS Defence Subhash Bhamre said that, "a local investigation has been initiated into the incident. The government has already given complete liberty to the forces to take all necessary steps".

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The blast site, along the BC road, was sealed off by the police while a search operation to nab the perpetrator has been sounded. No one has claimed the responsibility of the attack yet, more details are awaited. 

On December 28-29 last year, suspected terrorists carried out a grenade attack on the bus stand with the intention to target the local police station building, an attack which took place seven months after another grenade attack along the BC Road left two policemen and a civilian injured on May 24, 2018.

(With inputs from PTI)