Man injured in Jammu bus stand blast dies, toll rises to two

A 32-year-old Kashmiri man, who was injured in the recent grenade attack at a bus stand in Jammu, succumbed to injuries Friday, raising the death toll to two, officials said.

Mohammad Riyaz, a resident of Anantnag district Mattan village, died while undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here in the early hours, the officials said.

A teenager, Mohammad Sharik, from Uttarakhand was killed on spot and 32 others were injured when a powerful blast hit the crowded general bus stand around Thursday afternoon.

Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M K Sinha had said Yasir Javed Bhat, a resident of Khanpora-Dassein village in Kulgam, was tasked by HM district commander, Kulgam, Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias “Umar” to carry out the attack. Bhat, tried to flee the city but was arrested in its outskirts, Sinha said.

Police officials said that the accused was tasked by the terror organisation Hizbul Mujahideen to carry out the attack.

“One team led by sub-divisional police officer Nagrota during checking at Ban toll plaza found this boy who was going out of Jammu and was apprehended,” he said.

The grenade attack by terrorists on Jammu bus stand comes three weeks after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed 40 CRPF jawans, escalating tensions between the two countries and bringing India and Pakistan on brink of war.

The situation between the two countries further worsened when later on February 25 the Indian Air Force struck the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Balakot training camp in an airstrike. JeM had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

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