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07/03/2019 12:46 PM IST | Updated 07/03/2019 5:37 PM IST

Teenager Killed In Grenade Blast At Bus Stand In Jammu, Police Says Accused Arrested

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

Mukesh Gupta / Reuters

A teenager was killed and 29 others injured in a grenade attack in Jammu on Thursday, police said. 

Seventeen-year-old Md Sharik, a resident of Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, succumbed to his injuries, the Jammu IGP MK Sinha tweeted.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh was quoted as saying by ANI that the person who threw the grenade at the Jammu bus stand has been arrested.

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

Police had initially said 18 people had been injured.

A parked bus of the state road transport corporation (SRTC) suffered extensive damage in the blast which caused panic among the people.

“Whenever there is heightened state of alert, we strengthen checking and frisking but there is always a possibility of someone slipping through and this one seems to be a case like that,” the IGP said.

“Obviously the intention is always to disturb the communal harmony and peace,” he said and requested the people to maintain calm.

Immediately after the explosion, people ran to safety and later as the situation returned to normal evacuated the injured to the hospital.

Earlier on December 28-29 last year, suspected terrorists carried out a grenade attack on the bus stand with the intention to target the local police station building, an attack which took place seven months after another grenade attack along the BC Road left two policemen and a civilian injured on May 24, 2018.

“The blast occurred on the roadside when there was huge rush of people. I had come to drop my wife who was going to board a bus to Punjab,” one of the injured, Kuldeep Singh of the Pragwal area of the city, said.

Singh, who is undergoing treatment at Government Medical College hospital for splinter injuries in lower parts of his body, said he felt that somebody hurled something which caused the powerful explosion.

(With PTI inputs)