A labourer from Bihar was killed and two others injured in a grenade attack by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, police said.
Militants lobbed a grenade at a tent housing labourers at Gadoora village in Pulwama, a police spokesman said.
He said one labourer died in the blast while two others sustained injuries.
“The deceased outside labourer has been identified as Mohammad Mumtaz, a resident of Sakwa Parsa, Bihar. The Injured have been identified as Mohammad Arif and his son Mohammad Majbool, residents of Rampor, Bihar,” the spokesman said.
He said the condition of the injured persons is stable.
The labourers were manufacturing cotton bedding, police said.
“Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on labourers in Pulwama. My sincere condolences to the family of Mohd Mumtaz in this hour of grief. Praying for the early recovery of injured. I assure the people that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished,” the office of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha tweeted.
The attack came just a day before the third anniversary of the effective abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Militants had stepped up attacks on non-locals earlier this year but there was a halt in such targeted killings for the past nearly two months.
On April 7, a migrant labourer from Pathankot, Sonu Sharma, was wounded after terrorists opened fire at him in Pulwama. On April 22, two labourers from West Bengal were injured when terrorists opened fire at them at Nowgam in Srinagar.
On June 3, terrorists fired at two non-local labourers at a brick kiln in Budgam, and one of the injured died in hospital.