World Bulletin / News Desk
A grenade blast near a mosque on Thursday left eight people injured in Shopian district of India-occupied Kashmir. Meanwhile, another grenade was detected and defused near the house of a Hizbul Mujahidden insurgent.
Police suspect that attackers had "planted" the grenade outside the mosque in Trenz locality of Shopian.
"The grenade was kept on roadside in a steel glass after removing its pin. Someone touched it, triggering the blast at around 6 a.m.," a police official said.
According to the same official, eight people, who came to the mosque for the morning prayer, were wounded by the explosion. All the injured were immediately admitted to a local hospital.
About an hour later, police detected another hand grenade, which was also kept in a steel glass with "its pin removed", near the house of an active Hizbul Mujahideen insurgent Wasim Malla in Shopian.
"A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and the grenade was destroyed without causing any loss," he added.