Militants on Thursday tried to blow a mobile tower in north Kashmir’s Nihalpora village. The attack happened two months after an unknown militant outfit, Lashkar-e- Islam, had threatened mobile tower owners to close down their business or face consequences.
Police said an unidentified man came to a mobile tower owner’s house in Nihalpora Pattan this afternoon and asked him to close down the tower. When the owner questioned him, he lobbed two grenades into the premises of the house where tower was installed but they didn’t explode, said police.
Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir Gareeb Das said militants made a failed attempt to blow the mobile tower. ”Militants had also planted an Improvised Explosive Device which was diffused by the police. It could have been an attempt to trap the police party. Both the grenades were also diffused,” he said.
Police said this could be the handiwork of militant module that is active in Pattan and Tangmarg area of North Kashmir.
Two months ago, Laskar e Islam militants killed an employee of BSNL franchise outlet in Sopore and also shot dead a former militant who had installed mobile tower in his house in Dooru.
After the attacks many tower owners suspended their operations.