Srinagar : With three more paramilitary troopers succumbing to injuries here Saturday, the death toll in Friday’s improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to five.
“Three of the six critically wounded CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) troopers died in the (Indian) army’s base hospital (Saturday),” said a senior CRPF officer here.
Two bodyguards of the commanding officer of 130 Battalion CRPF were killed and six wounded in a powerful explosion when separatist guerrillas attacked their cavalcade at Kawni village, 50 km from here, in south Kashmir.
The officer escaped unhurt but his escort vehicle was destroyed in the blast, said a CRPF spokesman.
Hizbul Mujahideen, the frontline guerrilla group, called a local news agency here claiming responsibility for the explosion.
Doctors have described the conditions of two injured troopers as critical.