Landmines triggered due to forest fire in Poonch

Landmines triggered due to forest fire in Poonch

Jammu: Several landmines exploded on Monday when a forest fire engulfed an area along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The forest fire broke out along the LoC in Balakote sector of Poonch district triggering explosion of several landmines and caused panic among local residents, a police officer said.
The fire might have started due to the heat generated by the rising temperature, the officer said, adding, steps are being taken to control the fire from spreading to other areas.
He said army personnel deployed in the area were monitoring the situation and helping the administration in dousing the fire.