Police in Jammu and Kashmir announced that at least 10 people have suffered minor injuries after a grenade attack in Anantnag on Saturday, October 5. The incident took place around 11:00 (local time). Local media outlets report that the intended target was the deputy commissioner's office, however, the grenade exploded roadside. Security officials have cordoned off the area, and an operation to arrest the attackers is ongoing as of 12:35. Details are still emerging.
Transport and business disruptions are expected in the vicinity in the coming hours. Avoid the area.
Tensions remain high across the region after Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.
After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet services in many areas. Thousands protested the move in Srinagar in the weeks since the announcement and imposition of the curfew, with protesters clashing with security forces and obstructing traffic on major thoroughfares. Business disruptions have also been frequently reported in recent weeks.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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