Civilian killed in mysterious blast in Pulwama

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Srinagar: A civilian was killed in a mysterious blast in Awantipora area of Pulwama on Monday.

Official sources told GNS that slain Ashiq Hussain Chopan son of Ghulam Mohammad of Gutroo, Tral, a shepherd, suffered serious injuries in the explosion at upper reaches of Awantipora forests near Barsoo adjacent to army’s Victor force headquarter.

The shepherd was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital in the unconscious state where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

A police officer when contacted told the news agency that they have launched the investigations to ascertain the nature of the blast.

“It is premature to say anything what happened actually, some reports suggested that the shepherd stepped on a landmine which exploded resulting in his death,” the officer said, adding that it will get clear after proper investigations.

The area where the blast took place is army’s firing range, the officer said.

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