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Forest fire along LoC triggers landmine blasts in J-K

Army official said they suspect the fire was an attempt by Pakistani troops to neutralise mines.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2018 20:00 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jammu
Forest fire,Rajouri-Poonch belt,Jammu and Kashmir
A fire in the forest areas of Bathuni and Gambr of the Rajouri forest division in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI File Photo/Representative image)

Panic gripped the border population when a forest fire triggered landmine blasts along LoC in Rajouri-Poonch belt of Jammu and Kashmir, Army officials said on Wednesday.

The Army is suspecting that the fire was an attempt by Pakistani troops to neutralise mines, they said.

The incident took place in Balakote belt of Rajouri- Poonch belt last evening.

The fire broke out in forests in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) along the LoC and then it spread to the forests in the Indian side. After which the explosion of land mines started, army officials said.

Several mines exploded as result of the forest fire along the LoC, they said.

It triggered panic among residents of border belts and caused damage to forests and wild life species before it was controlled today, the army officials said.

The Army was suspecting adeliberate attempt of the Pakistani troops to neutralise mines and make way for armed terrorists from that side, the officials said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 19:52 IST