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3 of family injured in Rajouri ‘mine blast’; India, Pak army shell LoC in Poonch

Three members of a family were injured in a blast in Rajouri district while as Indian and Pakistani militaries exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday.

A boy picked up an object from a field and it exploded when he threw it on the ground, officials said.

Three persons, including the boy, a girl and an elderly person, were injured in the incident that took place in the border belt of Nowshera area of Rajouri, the officials said.

The injured were shifted to GMC hospital in Jammu, they said.

Sources said it appeared to be a mine blast. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Indian army on Monday violated the ceasefire and shelled forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Both the militaries routinely blamed each other for starting the exchange of fire.

“At about 1745 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector, Poonch,” an Indian defence spokesman said.

Similarly, Pakistan also blamed India for starting unprovoked fire.

On Thursday, a 20-year-old man was injured in shelling along the LoC in Shahpur sector of Poonch.

Indian-administered Kashmir saw over 5,400 instances of ceasefire violations by India and Pakistan along the LoC in 2020 — the highest in the past 19 years. A total of 36 people were killed and over 130 injured on the Indian side.

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