Forest fire triggers landmine explosions along LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: A fire engulfed the forest stretch in forward Balakote area on Friday along the Line of Control in Poonch district and triggered explosion of landmines. Official sources said that the fire started across the border and spread on this side.

“Many acres of forest area along the LoC came under fire, which damaged the green gold and also triggered some explosions of anti-personnel landmines that stand installed as a part of anti-infiltration grid,” they said. However, defence sources said that efforts were on to douse the fire while the residents in forward villages have also been put on alert. (AGENCIES)