March 2002 News

Two boys killed, 25 injured in J&K blast

14 March 2002
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Two boys were killed and 25 injured in a powerful blast in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Wednesday, official sources said.The blast took place at Nihama village, where a large number of people had assembled around a residential house damaged in an encounter between militants and BSF personnel this afternoon, resulting in killing of two foreign mercenaries, they said. Police suspect that one of the deceased boys found an unexploded grenade from the rubble of the damaged house and started showing it to other boys.The grenade exploded due to mishandling resulting in the death of the boy and injuries to 26 others, sources said, adding the injured were rushed to a Srinagar hospital, where another boy succumbed. Meanwhile, a villager was injured in Pakistani firing from across the international border in Samba sector of Jammu division on Thursday evening, a BSF spokesman said.Fifty-year-old Atma Ram was hit in the neck in Pakistani firing at Gallar village around 6.00 pm, he said. The civilian was rushed to the sub-district hospital in Samba.Intermittent exchange of small arm firing along the border between the Indian and Pakistan sides were reported from Hiranagar, R S Pura and Khor sectors since Wednesday night, the spokesman said.Exchange of mortar shelling between the two sides was reported from Laam sector of Rajouri district on Thursday, he said, adding no loss of life or damage was caused on the Indian side.


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