The Kashmir Police have initiated an investigation into the explosion but ruled out the terrorist angle to the incident.
Three Army soldiers and two terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed on Tuesday in two separate incidents of terrorism in South Kashmir.
A soldier and two terrorists were killed in the initial exchange of gunfire that started between the security forces and terrorists in the Marhama village of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday morning.
Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia informed that two soldiers who were grievously injured in the IED attack on an Army Patrol Vehicle at Arihal in Pulwama on Monday evening have succumbed to the injuries at Srinagar’s Military Hospital.
Terrorists had, in a strategy similar to the February attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, had attacked the Army patrol at Arihal. The bulletproof truck of the Army was badly damaged with the driver’s cabin being wrecked. Nineteen soldiers and two civilians were injured in the attack.
Colonel Kalia confirmed the death of a soldier and the killing of two terrorists in the Bijbehara encounter that started on Tuesday morning. Reports said that on receiving specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, a joint team of Army’s 3 RR, CRPF and SOG launched a search operation in the area.
On intensifying the search operation towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces to which they retaliated, triggering a gunfight.
Initially, a brief exchange of fire took place in which a soldier of 3 RR lost his life. Two terrorists were also killed.
An Army Major, Ketan Sharma, was martyred on Monday during an encounter in the Anantnag district. Thirty-two-year-old Major Ketan belonged to Meerut of Uttar Pradesh. His mortal remains were flown to his native town on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted at Achabal town of Anantnag where the body of a civilian, Nasir Ahmad, was found on Tuesday morning. Nasir was killed in the crossfire between the security forces and terrorists on Monday in the area.