Srinagar: An explosion took place near historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar on Thursday, but there was no report of any casualty, official sources said.
They said panic gripped Nowhatta area in Srinagar while people ran for safety when a blast took place near Jamia Masjid on Thursday afternoon.
”Security forces deployed in the area also fired some shots in the air after the explosion,” they said.
They said no one was injured in the incident.
”Following the blast, additional security forces were rushed to the area and all the roads leading to the historic mosque were sealed,” they said.
They said forensic teams were rushed to the spot to ascertain the material used in the blast. ”More details are awaited,” they added.
The blast took place at a time when security forces have been deployed in strength in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley in view of the second anniversary of the abrogation of special status of erstwhile state of J&K.
The Centre on August 5, 2019 abrogated Article 370 and divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territories (UTs) – J&K and Ladakh. (UNI)