Sopore: Four minor boys were injured in a “mysterious” explosion in Pazalpora area of Sopore on Sunday morning.
The victims—Akash Riyaz Bhat and his brother Rashid Riyaz Bhat sons of Riyaz Ahmad Bhat; Shakir Husain Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar and Sahil Rasheed Lone son of Abdul Rashid Lone—suffered injuries when one of them picked up and tossed on ground an “explosive substance” in the Eidgah playground in Pazalpora, which is close to an army camp.
Sahil was referred to SMHS hospital in Srinagar because his injuries were serious. Sopore block medical officer Dr Sami said Sahil had injuries in right hand, abdomen and legs.
One of the injured boys (his parents requested not to mention his name) told Kashmir Reader, “We were playing and we went there to fetch ball. We found this thing and when he (named a boy) threw it on the ground an explosion occurred.”
The other of one of the kids said on the condition of anonymity, “We want police to investigate how this explosive substance landed up at the ground where our children often go to play. Today it was my kid tomorrow it would be somebody else’s.”
Sopore superintendent of police Harmeet Singh said “it was some mysterious substance blast which our team is investigating”.