Minor boy injured as unexploded shell goes off in Poonch


A 10-year-old boy was today critically injured when an unexploded shell went off near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said, PTI reported.

Ashiq Hussain was injured when he reportedly started fiddling with some unexploded ammunition in Shahpur sector, a defence spokesman told PTI.

He was rushed to a civilian hospital where doctors referred him to Government Medical College Jammu for specialised treatment, a police official said.

He said small arms firing was also reported for over half-an-hour in the nearby Sawjian sector in the early hours today but further details were awaited.

The defence spokesman, however, said there was no ceasefire violation and the firing was resorted by Army to challenge suspicious movements noticed along the LoC.

There was no report of any casualty in the incident, he said


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