Mosque explosion in Kashmir injures 11

Blast at mosque complex leaves 11 wounded in Indian-held Kashmir

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A rare blast hit a mosque complex, injuring 11 people in Indian-held Jammu-Kashmir as worshippers were practicing their religious duties on Thursday morning, an official said.  

The grenade device blew up during fajr prayer (dawn prayer) at the Jamia Trenz mosque, located in Shopian district, 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-held part of the disputed territory, according to a police officer, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani.

"Eleven people were injured in a grenade explosion when they came out of the Jamia Trenz mosque in Shopian after offering morning prayers,” Gillani said.

"The 'Nimazis' [those who offer daily Muslim prayers] discovered an inverted metallic tumbler in the mosque compound. When one of them tried to turn the tumbler straight, the grenade kept under it exploded," he added.

According to the initial report that was released by the police officials, the worshippers had been hospitalized for treatment in Srinagar, including four who had multiple shrapnel wounds.

Officials from the state said that no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but investigations are continuing to determine who is responsible.

The explosion at the Jamia Trenz mosque is considered a rare attack due to the nature of the attack being the first of its kind in 14 years, near a Muslim place of worship.

On Thursday, police warded off another grenade device outside the home of a commander from the Hizbul Mujahedeen, an active militant group in the Indian-held part of Kashmir, said Gillani.

Late Wednesday, suspected militants launched two attacks in Trenz and Srinagar respectively. An Indian army soldier who was traveling in a car was also wounded in a rural area by armed insurgents. Another attack occurred in Srinagar outside of a police station, suspected militants threw a grenade at government forces, wounding at least three police officers and a paramilitary soldier.

The conflict between Pakistan and India has been continuing in the disputed territory Kashmir since 1989. Muslim residents in the Indian-held land demand independence or to merger with Pakistan, which holds the western part of the territory.   

The dispute has left over 68,000 people dead over 26 years, as well as two wars have broken out between the two countries, India and Pakistan over the territory.

TRTWorld and agencies