Boy killed, 4 injured in Shopian mystery blast

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 7/12/2018 12:10:10 PM

ANANTNAG, July 11: An 11 year old boy was killed while four others sustained critical wounds after an unexploded device went off in Meemandar village of southern Shopian district on Wednesday.
Police has registered a case into the incident and started investigations to ascertain which explosive device was it actually.
The incident took place in the afternoon when some boys were fiddling with some explosive device in the premises of a house.
"The boys were fiddling with the device when it suddenly went off causing a huge blast and injuring five boys.
The injured boys were evacuated to district hospital Shopian for treatment where doctors pronounced one of them as brought dead. He was identified as Salik Irshad aged 11.
Rest of the injured were referred to Srinagar hospital for advanced treatment on the basis of severity of their injuries.
A doctor at DH Shopian three of the injured were referred to Srinagar in a critical condition while one with minor injuries has been shifted to Bone and joint hospital.
Two among the injured are siblings. They have been identified as Tahir Ahmad Sheikh and Razia Jan, children of Khurshid Ahmad Sheikh, while two others were identified as Arsalan Aslam son of Mohammad Aslam Shiekh and Suhaib Ganai son of Shakir Ahmad Ganai.
Though some reports suggested that the explosive device that went off was a grenade, police officials said that they are trying to ascertain what the device was actually.
The killing of a teenager in the mysterious blast created a state of mourning in the entire village.
Hundreds of people of the village and neighbouring areas, soon after the news of the killing of the boy spread, gathered at the funeral venue of the boy to participate in his funeral prayers. The teenager was later laid to rest amid sobs and tears.



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