Blast in Pokhran firing range; 4 jawans killed, 3 hurt
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 23:22
Jaisalmer: Four army jawans were killed and three injured in a blast while practising at a busy firing range in Pokhran in Rajasthan.

The incident occurred last night when the barrel of a 81 mm mortar exploded when the troops were firing at the range, about 40 km from here, army sources said today.

The injured jawans were rushed to the Jodhpur military hospital soon after the incident, they said.

Of the deceased, three jawans belonged to the 9 Maratha Light Infantry Unit and one was from the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.

The army has ordered a probe into the reasons behind the accident, officials said in New Delhi.

The Infantry unit had arrived recently to the range for practising firing of heavy weapons including the 81 mm mortars.

In March 2008, three army personnel were killed and two others were injured during the 'Brazen Chariots' exercise in the same field firing range.

A 125-mm mortar gun had exploded even as the personnel were firing it for a live demonstration while the army's top brass, defence attaches and diplomats from foreign countries were watching the exercise.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 23:22

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