Jammu: One child dead, 5 injured in IED blast; 2nd terror attack in 12 hrs

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A Dhangri IED explosion in Rajouri, Jammu, claimed the life of a toddler and injured five others. The explosion happened at the location where four persons were killed in a terrorism-related strike yesterday evening.

“A blast has taken near the house of the first firing incident. 5 persons are injured. One child has succumbed to injuries. Another critical. Media personnel are requested to be cautious. Another suspected IED spotted which is being cleared. Self with div com and IG CRPF reaching the spot”, Mukesh Singh, additional director general of police, said.

After a suspected terror attack last evening that left four people dead and six injured, there has now been a second terror attack in the village in less than 12 hours. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen arrived on the scene in the car and opened fire randomly before escaping. Deepak Kumar, Satish Kumar, Pritam Lal, and Shiv Pal were named as the deceased.

Those injured were identified as Pawan Kumar, Rohit Pandit, Saroj Bala, Sushil Kumar, Shub Sharma and Urvashi Sharma.

According to eyewitnesses, some people carrying guns arrived in a car and opened fire before fleeing from the spot.The firing had taken place days after an encounter at Sidhra on the outskirts of Jammu city on December 28. The security forces had gunned down four terrorists, saying that a terror attack had been averted.

They also had seven AK assault rifles, one M4 rifle, three pistols, and a tonne of ammunition taken from them. Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, denounced the terrorist attack and presented ex-gratia to the relatives of the victims.

“An ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakh and a Govt job would be given to the next of kin of each of those civilians martyred in dastardly attack. Seriously injured would be given Rs.1 lakh. Officials have been directed to ensure best treatment to injured”, the L-G’s office tweeted. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident, and attacked the BJP over the killings. “Condemn this cowardly act & condolences to their families. Despite being under BJP rule & its bogus claims of ending militancy, violence continues unabated. Had J&K had its own elected government, the same media would have hauled them over the coals”, the People’s Democratic Party chief tweeted.