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Two Srinagar grenade attack suspects held: Kashmir Police

Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday arrested two persons in connection with Sunday’s grenade attack at the busy Amira Kadal bridge, in the heart of the city, that left two civilians dead and 36 others injured, officials said.

The first accused identified as Mohd Bariq was arrested from Khanyar and his initial examination led to the arrest of the second accused, Fazil Nabi Sofi.

The two-wheeler used in this grenade attack was also seized by the Special Investigation Team which had been formed immediately after the strike.

During its probe, the SIT employed modern means of investigation and used technical evidence like minute frame by frame analysis of the CCTV footages of the scene of the crime, footages of CCTVs in the whole of Srinagar city, Cell Tower dump analysis, IP dump analysis, a recreation of the crime scene and by examination of some eyewitnesses, officials said.

Based on these, the SIT was able to identify the two accused who came on a two-wheeler without a number plate to commit the crime and fled on the same vehicle after committing the attack.

During the intense analysis of the CCTV trail in Srinagar city, the route adopted by both the accused was located back to the Khanyar area of downtown.

It further came out that these two accused had committed the act on the directions of active militants in the Kashmir valley, they said.

Inspector-General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said that the whole module behind the attack will be busted.

The accused had planned to attack the parked security vehicle but as the grenade was thrown from a moving two-wheeler, the target was missed and the grenade exploded in an adjacent crowded area where many roadside vendors and buyers were present, the officials said.

It was also found that this particular area was chosen due to the omnipresent chaos and turbulent traffic in this stretch of the area due to unorganized vendors and stalls on the road, the officials said.

There have been two other recent grenade attacks in this area — on August 10, 2021, and January 25, 2022.

The incident took place on March 6 when a grenade explosion took place near Amira kadal bridge, in the heart of the city at about 4:20 PM leaving 38 people injured.

Later, two of the injured among the civilians succumbed — 79-year-old Mohammed Aslam Makhdoomi and 19-year-old Rafia Nazir, who had secured 94 percent marks in Class 12 exams.

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