SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Four children were wounded Sunday when an explosive device accidentally went off in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.
The blast took place at village Pazalpora Hardshiva in Sopore, about 60 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Locals said that the blast went off when one of the boys accidentally hit an explosive device while walking.
"The blast took place near an army camp, but it is yet to be traced what caused the blast," a senior police officer said. "Four children injured in the blast were immediately removed to Sopore hospital, from where one was shifted to Srinagar owing to his critical condition."
During the past more than two decades of ongoing armed insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir, many people were killed or left crippled after accidentally fiddling with the explosives or stepping upon the land mines planted blindly in the region particularly along line-of-control (LoC).
A guerilla war has been going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989. The gunfight between militants and Indian troopers in Indian-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.