Dozens of mines blast as fire spreads along LoC

Excelsior Correspondent
MENDHAR, Oct 14: Dozens of land mines continued to explode since this evening as the forest fire is spreading along the Line of Control (LoC), in Mankote sub sector of Poonch.
Official sources said that fire which started from that side of the LoC last evening, has also spread on this side of the fence. It has covered a larger area of Sona Wali Gali, Balnoi Forward  and some area of  Tain village. The Army authorities have sounded alert  while Forest department staff has also cautioned the villagers living near the LoC. The fire also said to have caused a little damage to the fence and some other infrastructure.
The sources said that since 6 pm today, they are listening deafening sounds of explosions of  land mines. This also created panic in the forward villages. The Army authorities on this side were fighting with the fire.
Sources said that on several earlier occasions also, such incidents have been reported in this particular area. This is the strategy of the Pakistani troops to facilitate infiltration of the armed militants into this side of the LoC. Taking cover of the fire and smoke, the Pak troops push infiltrators into this side. Therefore, the troops have intensified vigil all along the LoC in this sector.


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