8 Soldiers Injured In Kupwara Blast

SRINAGAR —  An officer was among eight army soldiers injured in an accidental blast at Rajwar Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district while suspected militants attacked house of a former congress leader in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Tuesday.

Reports said that army domination party of 21 RR was passing through the woods  when the blast took place.

Police sources, however, said that the grenade was exploded accidentally while the army officer was given the demonstration to the soldiers in the forest, a local news agency GNS reported.

In the blast, eight soldiers including the army major suffered serious injuries, they said.

All the injured were taken to military hospital Drugmulla where from two seriously wounded including an army major Surab Suman have been referred to army’s 92 base hospital for advanced treatment.

Meanwhile, suspected militants attacked the residence of a former Congress leader on Tuesday evening in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

A police official said that militants lobbed a grenade at the residence of Mohammad Shafi Banday in Bonbazar Shopian around 8:10 PM.

The grenade fell near the compound wall and exploded without causing any fatalities, he said, adding that the blast was also followed by firing.

The policemen guarding the residence of Banday also retaliated, forcing the militants to flee from the spot, said the official.

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