Grenade attack in India's Jammu injures 18


A second police officer said: "A grenade was hurled by an unidentified person which exploded under a bus in the main terminal". Immediately after the explosion, people ran to safety and later as the situation returned to normal evacuated the injured to the hospital. At least 28-29 are injured and undergoing treatment. The injured people were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu where they are now undergoing treatment.

The area was cordoned off by police after the blast. The grenade reportedly went off under the bus, resulting in the shrapnel being contained to a smaller area, said the police. Among the injured were bus drivers, conductors and some passersby.

"It seems that the grenade was lobbed from outside (the premises) and it rolled under the bus and caused injuries to approximately 18 people", police official MK Sinha told journalists. He further said the government has given complete liberty to the forces to take all necessary steps.

Reports quoted an eyewitness as syaing that it was a "big blast".

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This is the third grenade attack by terrorists in the bus stand area of Jammu city since May previous year.

Last week, there was a major flare-up between the two nuclear-armed nations after India launched an air raid into Pakistani territory to bomb a suspected camp of a terrorist group responsible for a deadly suicide bombing in February.

"The grenade attack in Jammu is condemnable", said Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Twitter.