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Girl died, her mother critical after a littered shell they brought home from Handwara forest explodes

A girl, who had brought a littered bomb from a forest to their home in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara police district, died after the shell exploded in her home on Thursday.

The teenage girl was killed while her mother sustained injuries after an explosion occurred at Tarathpora village, reports said. The injured woman was referred to Srinagar hospital under critical conditions for specialized treatment.

The officials said that the mother Sara Begum and her daughter Gulnaza were injured near their house at Shaherkoot after a shell went off in the morning hours on Thursday.

A senior health officer at District Hospital Handwara said that the teenage girl was declared brought dead on arrival while her mother Sara Begum has been referred to Srinagar under critical conditions.

A police official said that the duo had gone to the forest on Wednesday and had got a forest vegetable ‘Daaid’ with which they have also brought some metal-like material similar to a shell to their home.

He said that the metal objects and the vegetables were out under the open sky on Thursday. “The metal got heated and due to other physical sources, it went off during which the mother-daughter duo suffered injuries,” the official said. He also said that the daughter identified as Gulnaza has succumbed to her injuries.

An official informed that a case has been registered in this regard while the investigation was set into motion.

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