An Additional SP and a DSP were among 18 security personnel injured in a militant attack today in Pulwama town, about 32 kms from here, police said.
Militants hurled a grenade, followed by firing, at security personnel who were on duty near the Degree College in Pulwama town, a police official said. He said 18 security personnel including an additional SP, a DSP and a local SHO were injured in the attack.
Among the injured were eight CRPF personnel. The militants fled from the spot after carrying out the attack.
The attack came hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Kashmir for the second time in a month and held talks with political leaders during which he was told the Centre should initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, to keep the unrest in Kashmir going on, the separatists today extended their strike call and agitation till September 1 and announced a new calendar of protests, including a march to Srinagar-based Army headquarters on the weekend.
The separatists also called for a joint march to Eidgah in downtown Srinagar on Friday, according to a statement.
#WATCH Aftermath of grenade attack on troops of 183 Battalion & police in Pulwama (J&K) (visuals deferred)http://t.co/W0CdjG3Clz
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They also asked people to lock down all routes to their localities and villages by “every means” during night to “protect” people in general and youth in particular from the raids and arrests by security forces and police.