Boy killed in Kupwara explosion

The clothes from the shop had probably landed on the roof due to the impact of the blast, he said.

A 14-year-old boy was killed in an explosion at Anderhama, Drugmulla in Kupwara district on Tuesday.

A local resident, Asif Ahmad, told Greater Kashmir that the blast occurred inside a shop run by Sonaullah Wani, the father of the deceased boy, Suhail Ahmad Wani.

“The explosion was so intense that I felt it happened outside my house. I rushed out and saw clothes strewn on the roof of a house that is close to the shop. The next moment I saw the half-burnt body of Suhail lying in the shop,” Asif said.

The clothes from the shop had probably landed on the roof due to the impact of the blast, he said.

Kupwara senior superintendent of police SA Dinkar said the police were ascertaining the nature of the blast.

Asif said that at the time of the explosion, Sonaullah had left the shop in his son’s care. Wanis, Asif said, are one of the poorest families in the area. Two of the brothers of the deceased had left their education to earn for the family.

“The entire village is in a shock,” he said.

The body of the deceased was taken to nearby medical health centre for post mortem.