November 2001 News

J&K minister escapes grenade attack

14 November 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Militants on Wednesday fired rifle grenades at a function attended by a senior minister in Jammu and Kashmir, police and witnesses said.Militants fired three grenades at a private school in Srinagar, where state works minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar, was the chief guest at an annual day event, they said.''The function was going on in the lawns of the school when we heard two explosions,'' Idrees Ahmed, an eye-witness said.Ahmed said one of the grenades exploded against a nearby brick wall, while another exploded with bang in a graveyard close to the school.Police said the third grenade did not explode and was later defused by bomb experts.The function was supposed to have been attended by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, but he could not make it as he was on a visit to London.Security forces cordoned off the locality where from the grenade were fired, and launched house-to-house searches.


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