Three security personnel were injured today in a grenade attack by militants in a north Kashmir town, police said.
The grenade lobbed by the militants inside a security forces' vehicle in Sopore town of Baramulla district could have led to more casualties but an alert special police officer saved many lives by throwing away the explosive.
Three security personnel -- two SPOs and one CRPF jawan -- suffered minor injuries in the grenade blast, a police spokesman said.
"The alert SPO threw away the grenade to a safer place, thus saving the lives of his colleagues and civilians. The grenade was hurled by militants inside the security forces' vehicle," the spokesman said.
Director General of Police S P Vaid told reporters that the increase in grenade attacks by militants was due to fresh supply of grenades to the ultras.
"There has been some supply of grenades leading to these incidents. We are careful. Today a tragedy was averted by an alert SPO by throwing out the grenade from the vehicle," Vaid told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Omar Abdullah lauded the presence of mind shown by the SPO and demanded his services be regularised immediately.
"This brave SPO should be rewarded for his presence of mind by immediately regularising him in @JmuKmrPolice," Omar tweeted.
Security forces bust militant hideout in Kupwara
Security forces today busted a militant hideout and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Security forces launched a search operation and busted the hideout in the forest area of Kupwara, a police official said.
He said one AK-47 rifle, one LMG, two pistols, one rocket projectile gun, an IED, one wireless set and several dozen rounds of ammunition were recovered from the hideout.
Police has registered a case in this regard, the official said.