Kulgam Blast: One Among Injured Soldiers Succumbs

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Srinagar- An army soldier who was among the four personnel injured in a blast along Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday, succumbed to injuries, officials said.

They said that the four soldiers of an Road opening party (ROP) of 24 Rashtriya Rifles were injured in the blast as they passed by the school in Subhanpora locality of Shamsipora area of Kulgam.

The injured soldiers were shifted to army hospital in Srinagar for treatment, they said, adding that the one among the injured succumbed at the hospital.

They said school building also suffered substantial damage in the blast.

“It appears to be an IED blast but investigations are underway and details would be shared in due course of time,” the officials said.

The area has been cordoned off and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

Meanwhile, Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that militants lobbed a grenade on Army’s Road Opening Party during the sanitization drill at around 10:15 am today in Shamshipura area of Khanabal in Kulgam district.

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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