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Grenade attack on Kathua temple misses target, explosion causes panic


Terrorists threw a grenade at a temple in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday night, but it missed the target and exploded nearby, creating panic among people there, a senior police official said.

The attack comes just days after police arrested four associated militants and foiled their separate plans to set off grenade explosions in Poonch and Jammu districts at the urging of their handlers in Pakistan with the intention of disturbing the peace in the Jammu region and damage the communal brotherhood.

“A grenade was thrown at a temple in the Hiranagar sector around 7:30 pm, but fortunately it missed its intended target and exploded in an open area, causing no damage or casualties,” said Kathua Police Superintendent, Shalinder Mishra, to PTI on Wednesday night’s attack. .

He said the entire area was immediately cordoned off and a massive operation was launched to catch the assailants.

No one has been arrested so far, he said.

Authorities said the blast caused panic among people who ran for cover after hearing the loud noise.

On Sunday, police arrested a Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist with two grenades near Bagh-e-Bahu in Jammu, thwarting his attempt to carry out an attack in the winter capital.

A day earlier, three associated militants were arrested and six grenades confiscated in Poonch district, as police said they planned to carry out a grenade attack at a religious site with the intention of damaging communal harmony in the district. frontier.

On December 25, two terrorists, hailing from southern Kashmir and affiliated with ‘The Resistance Force’ (TRF), believed to be an offshoot of LeT, were arrested in Jammu with an AK assault rifle, a pistol and some ammunition.

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