A minor boy was killed while four others sustained splinter injuries in an incident of an accidental explosion at the Memander area of south Kashmir's Shopian district.

According to the police, a group of children found a live grenade from the spot where an encounter had taken place between security forces and terrorists on Wednesday. They opened the grenade at Abdul Gani Sheik house at Memander Shopian. The explosive device which went off injuring five children.

The children were rushed to Srinagar for treatment, where one boy succumbed to his injuries.

A senior doctor at district hospital, Shopian, Dr Abdur Rashid. said that the boy had received fatal injuries. He died, the doctor said, even before his treatment could be started in the hospital. “We couldn’t save one of the injured boys as he had suffered grievous splinter injuries,’’ he said.

SSP Shopian Sandeep Chaudhary said that he had deputed the SHO of the area to the spot of the incident to verify the cause of the blast.

On Wednesday, a local Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist, along with a Pakistani terrorist, were killed in the encounter at Kundalan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

After security forces left the area, police said that some boys picked up the explosive material from the encounter site and took that to their house.