Soldier Killed, 2 Injured in South Kashmir Blast

Shopain- A soldier was killed while two others were injured in a blast inside a vehicle in the Sedow area of Shopian on Thursday, officials said.

The blast took place inside a private vehicle at Sedow in which three soldiers of 15 Gadwal were injured, reports quoting an official said.
He added that the trio was shifted to district hospital Shopian from where they were shifted to 92 base hospital Srinagar. The official identified the injured trio as Ajab Singh, Parveen Singh and Pawan Rawat.

He further added that Pawan Rawat has succumbed to injuries at 92 base hospital.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that nature besides source of blast is being investigated.

“A #blast took place inside a private hired vehicle at Sedow, #Shopian. 03 soldiers injured & shifted to Hospital. Nature & source (blast due to grenade or already planted IED inside vehicle or malfunctioning of battery) of blast being investigated & will be shared.” Kashmir police zone tweeted while quoting IGP Kashmir.

An official said that at approximately 3:00 am, based on specific intelligence, an operation was launched from Sedow and searched in the general area Patitohalan. “While moving to the target area, approximately a km from Sedhau, an explosion took place in the civil hired vehicle, being used by the team, resulting in injuries to three Indian Army soldiers,” he said. “The blast is very likely to be from either an IED or a grenade or a battery malfunctioning in the vehicle. Details are being ascertained,” he said.

“The injured soldiers were immediately shifted and given first aid at District Hospital, Shopian and thereafter evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar. One soldier is critical while two others injured are stable,” the official said. “Affected area has been cordoned and all likely escape routes have been sealed. Search to nab the militants is in progress.”v

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