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Jammu-Kashmir: Forest fire triggers landmine blasts along line of control in Poonch

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Wednesday, May 18, saw several landmine explosions along the Line of Control (LoC). The explosions were triggered by a forest fire that had started on Monday, and later spread to the Indian side in the Mendhar sector, Officials said on Wednesday.

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The fire triggered the explosion of nearly half a dozen landmines that were part of the anti-infiltration obstacle system, officials said.

“The forest fire has been raging for the past three days. We along with the Army are dousing the fire. The fire was brought under control but this morning it started in Daramshal block and spread fast due to powerful winds”, Forester Kanar Hussain Shah said.

He added that the blaze was later brought under control with the help of the Army as it reached near the border hamlet, he said.

Another huge fire had broken out in the Sunderbandi area near the border in the Rajouri district which had spread to other forest areas, including Ghambhir, Nikka, Panjgraye, Brahamana, Moghala, officials said on Wednesday. The fire also erupted in Kalakote’s Kalar, Ranthal, Chingi forests. “The fire came from across the border and also spread to LOC areas of Upper Kangdi and Dok Banyad”, the official said.

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The forest fires were brought under control, without a human loss, they said.

In Jammu district too, a massive fire was broke out in the agriculture fields along International Border. The fire spread to several kilometers of the area close to the Beli Azmat border outpost (BoP) of the BSF, they said, adding it was brought under control.

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