Two army porters injured in Khundroo depot blast

Srinagar 

Two army porters were reportedly injured in an accidental explosion at Army depot Khundroo Shngus area of district Islamabad on Tuesday.

The two injured have been identified as Jahangir Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed both resident of Khundroo Shangus area of Islamabad.

However, the injured porters have been shifted to district hospital Islamabad for the further treatment. police said.

“Accidental explosion in kundroo Anantnag. Two injured porters being treated,(sic)” J&K police Tweeted.

Earlier on August 11 in 2007, the whole depot went up in flames with heavy shells flying into the surrounding villages. Officials say 18 people were killed and eight others injured in the blaze, while as thousands of villager had to run for their lives.

The explosion affected 13 villages with a population of 26000 spread across 225 square kilometres – Khundroo, Pohloo and Sombran villages being the worst hit. The 61-year-old depot sprawls over five square kilometres and has 25 permanent and 21 temporary sheds. The losses due to the explosions in 2007 cost the army Rs. 1300 crores though ammunition loss was only 10 percent of what 15-corps stocks for war in Kashmir.

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