Four Army men including a Lieutenant were injured in a mine blast along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, Daily Excelsior reported .

Reports said a mine exploded close to the LoC in forward village of Kallal in Nowshera sector this afternoon when an Army team was conducting routine patrolling in the area. All four Army personnel who were part of the patrolling party were injured in the mine blast, said the report.

Reports said that troops rushed to the spot from adjacent posts and shifted the injured to the local hospital where they were given first-aid and then referred to the Command Hospital in Udhampur. However, their condition was stated to be stable.

Injured Army men have been identified as Lieutenant Sahil Kumar, Havaldar P Patil, Havaldar Suresh Kumar and Sepoy Kiran, it said.

Sources ruled out use of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the blast by the suspected militants saying the explosion was triggered by a mine which have been planted by the troops in forward areas to check infiltrators.

However, few days back, Army personnel had detected and defused a powerful IED in Keri sector of Rajouri district. The IED was defused safely. Timely detection of the IED had averted major tragedy as it had been planted by the militants to target the troops deployed in the forward area, reported Daily Excelsior.


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