Landmine explosion wounds Indian army trooper on Kashmir LoC

Landmine explosion wounds Indian army trooper on Kashmir LoC

SRINAGAR (Xinhua) — An Indian army trooper was wounded after accidentally stepping over a landmine planted blindly close to the line-of-control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, officials said Saturday.

The blast took place in Mandi Sabjian sector of frontier Poonch district, about 185 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. \”A trooper accidentally stepped over a landmine yesterday, which went off resulting in wounding him,\” said Lt Col Manish Mehta, an Indian army spokesman in Jammu.

\”The wounded trooper was immediately evacuated to a military hospital and is stated to be out of danger.\”

According to Mehta, the trooper was part of a group that was on a routine patrol in the area.

LoC is the de facto border that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two takes place intermittently.

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