Police confirmed that a grenade attack took place in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir state) on Saturday, October 12, injuring at least five people. The incident took place at Hari Singh High street, following which businesses closed. Security officials have cordoned off the area. Details are still emerging. A similar incident took place on Saturday, October 5.
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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet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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