An army soldier died and at-least five were wounded on Thursday after an accidental blast inside an army camp in North Kashmir, officials said.
Paratrooper Sham Singh who was seriously wounded after a grenade exploded inside a camp in frontier district of Kupwara around 10:30 am, died at army's base hospital in Srinagar.
A senior army official quoting its spokesman Naresh Vij said that a grenade exploded inside 21 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Zachadara area of Handwara administratively part of Kupwara district.
He said that the device exploded when soldiers were preparing for an operation. “A group of soldiers were kitting before going out for an operation. They were assembling the weapons needed during the operation when accidentally a grenade exploded,” the official said.
“Of the injured three were shifted to army’s base hospital. As per doctors one has died,” he said.
On Wednesday army and police in a joint operation had busted a huge cache of arms in the forests of Handwara which included six AK rifles, 119 under barrel grenades, nine rocket propellant grenades and 500 gm RDX. A live rocket launcher shell was also diffused by the security forces found in an orchard.