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2 soldiers injured in mine blast along LoC in Poonch

india Updated: May 20, 2017 17:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The soldiers were patrolling the Loc when one of them stepped on the mine.(HT Representative Image)

Two soldiers were injured when they inadvertently stepped on a landmine along the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district on Friday night.

They were identified as havaldar Iqbal Singh and sepoy Mandeer Singh.

Intelligence sources said the two were patrolling the LoC when one of them stepped on the mine at 8pm on Friday.

Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta, however, said one soldier was injured.

“A soldier on routine patrolling accidentally stepped on a mine that had drifted due to the rain. He was wearing mine-protected shoes and has fractured his ankle,” he said. The soldier was being treated at Command Hospital, Udhampur.

India has heavily mined border areas in Jammu and Kashmir to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists from Pakistan.

First Published: May 20, 2017 12:51 IST