In yet another explosion near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an Army Major was among five Indian soldiers injured at Tarkundi in Poonch district last evening.
Significantly, the second explosion came in the same area around 5.30 pm, nearly nine hours after the first blast killed a soldier and injured three others there on Thursday morning. While the first explosion was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the second one was caused by a landmine, both planted by terrorists who appear to have sneaked into the Indian territory from across the LoC.
Three of the injured in the second explosion have been identified as Major K K Bhatia of 66 Engineering Regiment, Havaldar Sushil Kumar and Sepoy Sukhwinder. They were part of an Army patrol deployed to sensitize the area after the first IED explosion.
An alert has been sounded in the area and massive searches launched to check any more explosive device planted by terrorists in the area. Senior army officers have rushed there following second explosion there within less than nine hours.
Sources said that terrorists appear to have got a chance to sneak into the Indian territory as the existing 20 JAT Regiment was being replaced by 6 Rajputana Rifles in the area. General lytheprocess takes over some days as the moving out unit has to brief the new one about geographical location, traditional infiltration routes and other strategic locations.
Though such explosions by Pakistan troops or terrorists have not been new along the LoC, the two on Thursday came nearly a week after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi wrote that he looked forward to working with him to resolve all unsettled issues. Moreover, both the explosions took place when the Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is coming to the state on a two day visit beginning Saturday to review situation.