Man killed in blast along Keran LoC

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A man was killed in a mysterious blast in Keran area along the Line of Control in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday morning.

Reports said that the blast took place in a tailor shop atabout 9 am. "A man identified as Abdul Hamid Bajad sustained grave injuries inthe blast. He was immediately evacuated to a nearby medical facility, here thedoctors declared him as brought dead," an official said.

He said that the shop belongs to another person, identifiedas Parvaiz Khawja, who has been detained for questioning following the recoveryof around 15 grenades from his shop.

"The body of the deceased has been handed over to the familyfor last rites after medico formalities," a police official said.

He said that a case has been registered under relevantsection and investigation has been taken up to ascertain the cause of theblast.

 "The owner of theshop, Parvaiz Khawaja, has been detained for questioning after the recovery.Only after proper investigation, I will be able to share further details,"Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Shriram Ambarkar Dinkar, said.

Pertinently, on Saturday, a 40-year-old man died in amysterious blast in the forests of Sadhna Top, connecting Karnah area withKupwara headquarters.

The deceased was identified as Shabir Ahmad Pathan, son ofAbdul Qayoom Pathan.

He was on his way to shift some household things to higherarea of the forest when an unexploded shell went off in the air near Sadhnatop, a top police official of Kupwara said.

"A case has been registered and investigation has been takenup," he said.

He said that it is believed that the shell was fired fromacross the Line of Control two days ago.

"We appeal to the administration to conduct a search in thewoods of the Sadhna Top as we usually go into the forest area for wood," RamezAhmad, a local of Chowkibal, said.

He said that the recent exchange of fire between India andPakistan may have left some shells unexploded, "We have lost a life, whichmeans there is a dire need of conducting searches in the woods for unexplodedshells," Rameez said.  

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