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Sudden explosion kills child in Shopian, 4 others injured

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A minor boy was killed and four children were injured in a blast inside a residential compound in south Kashmir Shopian district on Wednesday, the police said.

The explosion took place in the residential compound of Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh at Meemandar in Shopian district Wednesday afternoon, resulting in injuries to five children, all aged between six and eight years, a police officer said.

The children were rushed to a hospital, where one of them, Salik Iqbal, was declared brought dead, he added. The remaining four include three boys and a girl.

They are undergoing treatment and condition of three is stated to be critical, the police officer said.

Initial investigations suggest that the children were fiddling with the explosive device when it exploded, he said.

“Today in the afternoon, an explosion occurred at the house of Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Gani resident of Sheikh Nag in Memandar in District Shopian, resulting in injuries to some children in the house,” a Police spokesman said.

In the incident among the injured, one child  Salik Iqbal Sheikh unfortunately succumbed to his injuries whereas the other four are being treated in the hospital, spokesman said.

“Police has registered a case in this regard and is in the process of   ascertaining the cause of explosion.”

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in funeral prayers of Saliq. While thousands of young and elderly people offered funeral of Saliq, women were seen beating their chests. 

A gunfight on Tuesday took place in Kundalan village of Shopian in which 2 militants and a civilian were killed.

People visit encounter places where live ammunitions remain scattered and sometime young boys pick up the explosives without knowing about the consequences. There have been numerous instances in the past when such unclaimed and unchecked explosive devices claimed many lives.