The police confirmed that 5 civilians were injured in the grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town. (Source: ANI/Twitter), reported news agencies PTI and IANS. The police confirmed that 5 civilians were injured in the grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town which was hurled at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp near a State Bank of India branch. “The grenade exploded on the road injuring the five civilians who were shifted to a hospital,” the police added, as per IANS.
Meanwhile, PTI said that two policemen were also injured in the incident. Militants hurled a grenade towards security forces at Main Chowk Sopore at around 9.35 am, resulting in minor injuries to two policemen, a police official told PTI. He added that the injured policemen were taken to a local hospital.
Meanwhile, in an incident of ceasefire violation at the forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, two soldiers were martyred, the Army said. According to a report by PTI, troops guarding the border retaliated and the exchange of fire between the two sides lasted for nearly 30 minutes.
A defence spokesperson also told PTI that Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled forward posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Balakote sector around 0300 hours, resulting in splinter injuries to two jawans. He added that hundreds of border dwellers have been forced to flee their homes due to the Pakistani firing and shelling and take shelter at camps set up by the government.
This year the incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops have increased sharply. There have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army till August 1, as per a PTI report.