IED Blast in South Kashmir; 1 Soldier Killed, 3 Injured

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  Soldiers inspect the site of IED explosion in Subhanpora area of Kulgam district on Wednesday | Photo: PTI

Srinagar: Suspected militants on Wednesday triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district leaving a soldier dead and three others injured, officials said.

A Road opening party (ROP) of 24 Rashtriya Rifles were passing through a government middle school building in Subhanpora area of Kulgam district on Wednesday morning when an IED exploded with a huge bang leaving at least four soldiers injured, officials said. All the injured soldiers were shifted to army hospital in Srinagar for treatment, officials said, adding one among them succumbed to his serious injuries.

In a statement issued here this evening, a police spokesperson said that the preliminary investigation has revealed that a rudimentary IED with a low powered explosive and ball bearings was planted in an abandoned building inside the school premises, where the soldiers used to visit routinely.

“The IED was planted by militants probably during the night hours. In this incident, 4 soldiers of 24RR sustained injuries and were evacuated to nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries. Among the injured, one jawan succumbed to his injuries,” he said.

Accordingly, the police spokesperson said, a case FIR No. 05/2021 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Qaimoh.

“Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia said that army’s ROP were attacked with a grenade by militants when they were carrying out a sanitization drill in the area.

He said that four soldiers sustained splinter injuries. “They were provided with first aid and have been evacuated to 92 base hospital. Further details will follow,” he said.

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