J&K shell explosion: toll rises to three

A four-year-old girl injured in a shell explosion inside her house at Malroo area succumbed to injuries Monday, taking the toll in the incident to three.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 13:07 PM IST

Srinagar: A four-year-old girl injured in
a shell explosion inside her house at Malroo area succumbed to injuries Monday, taking the toll in the incident to three.

Muskaan, who was critically injured in the explosion,
succumbed to her injuries at SKIMS hospital at 6.00 am,
officials said.

Two of her siblings were killed when the shell, left
over during a fierce gun battle with militants in Malroo area,
12 kms from here, in October last year, exploded inside their
house last night.

The deceased were identified as Noor Mohammad(10) and
Bismah (8), children of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Yasmeena.

According to preliminary investigation, the children
had found the unexploded shell from the debris of a house that
was razed during a gun battle with Jaish-e-Mohammad militants.

They brought the shell home and were fiddling with it
when the explosion took place, he said.
Eyewitnesses said the deceased were blown to pieces.

Yasmeena and another daughter Mumtaza are battling for
life at the hospital. The house owner escaped unhurt as he was
smoking in the lawn of the house.

Three militants were killed after security forces
blasted two houses where they were believed to be hiding in
Malroo in October.

The militants were part of a larger group assigned to
carry out attacks on Army`s 15 Corps headquarters at
Badamibagh and another camp at Haft Chinar.

PTI