26 injured, 5 critically, in Jammu grenade attack

26 injured, 5 critically, in Jammu grenade attack

The teen school boy who triggered the bomb blast on Thursday by tossing a grenade at a bus had concealed the explosive in his tiffin box while travelling to Jammu from Kashmir.

"We are investigating who ferried him to Jammu", said the police.

The slain has been identified as Muhammad Reyaz, son of Mohammad Amin, a resident of Mattan Anantnag. We didn't rush to the injured fearing a second explosion because a unusual noise was coming from the bus on which the grenade was planted. Police have cordoned off the entire area.

The explosion also injured passengers in a nearby parked bus which was set to leave for Amritsar in Punjab.

The injured were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, and some are being operated for shrapnel injuries, said reports.

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Jammu IGPMK Sinha told ANI, "It was a grenade explosion, it has caused injuries to approximately 18 people, all the injured have been shifted to hospital". Police said the attacker was caught while trying to flee from Jammu.

"He revealed that he was tasked with throwing the grenade by Farooq Ahmed Bhat, a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kulgam district", inspector general Manish Kumar Sinha said. Help Jammu police in keeping your city safe.

"The attack was clearly meant to disturb the state's internal peace". This is said to be third grenade blast in the area in the past 10 months.

A low-intensity blast had rocked the Jammu bus stand on December 28. No one was injured in this attack.

After Thursday's attack, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Tragic".

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