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Jammu blast: Prime suspect who threw grenade at bus stand arrested

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 07 March 2019, 06:16 PM
DGP Dilbag Singh said that accused was arrested while he was trying to flee Jammu. (File Photo: PTI)
DGP Dilbag Singh said that accused was arrested while he was trying to flee Jammu. (File Photo: PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a man who threw a grenade at the Jammu bus stand, said state police chief Dilbag Singh. According to reports, the man arrested has been identified as Yasir Arhaan. Arhaan, who hails from South Kashmir’s Kulgam, was arrested while fleeing.

“The person who threw the grenade at the Jammu bus stand earlier today, has been arrested,” DGP Dilbag Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

A teenager was killed and 33 others sustained serious injuries in the grenade blast beneath a bus at Jammu bus stop on Thursday, Jammu Medical Superintendent said. All the injured were rushed to Government Medical College hospital for treatment in critical condition. Following the attack, security agencies cordoned off the entire area and a team of forensic experts reached the spot to investigate the blast.

This is the third grenade attack by terrorists in Jammu bus stand since May last year. 

According to eyewitnesses, a loud explosion was heard inside a bus. Initially, people thought it was a tyre burst but when they reached the spot it was found out that a grenade has exploded there. So far, no group has claimed the responsibility of the attack.

"I thought it was a tyre burst. it was a big blast. The locals took the injured to the hospital in an ambulance," news agency ANI quoted one of the eyewitnesses as saying.

The incident took place days after Pulwama attack in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a suicide bomber of the JeM drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy. Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed took the responsibility of the attack. Following this, Indian Air Force carried out a strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camp inside Pakistan.

First Published: Thursday, March 07, 2019 05:10 PM
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