Girl Killed, Mother Injured In Shell Explosion

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Ajaz Ali

Srinagar: A teenage girl was killed and her mother injured on Thursday when a shell exploded in their house in Handwara area of Kupwara district.

Sara Begum and her daughter Gulnaza Bano (19) were cleaning vegetables collected from a nearby forest area on Wednesday, at their home in Sherkoot Taratpora village Handwara on Thursday afternoon when an explosion took place, officials said. Both the injured mother-daughter duo, officials said, were removed to the sub-district hospital Handwara for treatment. However, the teenage girl succumbed to her injuries, while her mother has been referred to Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment.

Police suspect that the explosion was caused by a shell kept by the mother-daughter duo in a bag while collecting wild vegetables from the forest.

“A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in the concerned police station and investigation initiated,” a police spokesperson said, while urging the villagers to cooperate with the police for investigation.

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