An Indian army soldier was killed and three others sustained injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device blast in Kulgam district of Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday.
Initial reports had said that the suspected pro-freedom militants had hurled a grenade at a road opening party of the Indian army at Shamsipora of the southern district, but the local police late on Wednesday confirmed that it was the first IED blast by the pro-freedom insurgents since the beginning of this year.
The police said that an IED was planted inside a school in in Shamsipora on Srinagar-Jammu highway and four army soldiers were injured in the explosion with one among them suffering critical wounds.
The injured soldiers were rushed to the Indian army’s base hospital in Badami Bagh in summer capital Srinagar, where the critically wounded trooper succumbed to his injuries.
The school building also got damaged in the blast but it was closed and there were no students or teachers inside the premises.
Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that militants lobbed a grenade on Army’s Road Opening Party during the sanitization drill at around 10:15 am.
A police statement said that at 10:15 am they received information about an IED blast at Government Middle School and senior police officers reached the site of incident.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a rudimentary IED with a low powered explosive and ball bearings was planted in an abandoned building inside the school premises, where the army used to visit on routine basis. “The IED was planted by militants probably during the night hours. In this incident, four soldiers of 24 RR sustained injuries and were evacuated to nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries. Among the injured one soldier succumbed to his injuries.
“Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this attack. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” the statement said.