Alleged militants have targeted two telecom offices in Srinagar with grenades in an attempt to disrupt public communications.
No casualties have been reported so far as a result of the incident. The offices targeted included an Aircel showroom and a Vodafone tower. The militants first ordered all the people inside the showroom to force their way out and then attacked it with grenades, a source said.
However, later in the afternoon, another attack was reported on the BSNL mobile tower in Shaheed Gunj, Srinagar. A local was injured critically in this third such attack since Friday morning.
A correspondent told Jantakareporter.com that such incidents have been taking place in the area since quite some time now. In May, more than 50 communication towers were shut down in Sopore area of Northern Kashmir after several attacks and threats received from alleged terrorists. A lot of controversy was created earlier over this matter.
“We warn all the people associated with the telecom companies to stop working for them and tower site owners to dismantle the towers. We also warn shopkeepers who recharge cell phones to stop it. If not, they will be killed,” read one poster during the time of Sopore.
Officials say terrorists want to prevent people from sharing intelligence inputs with security agencies through mobile phones.
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