After yesterday’s attack in a village in Indian-administered Kashmir, there was another explosion on Tuesday. Two children were killed and five civilians were injured in the incident. Four people were killed in the earlier attack, police said.

Al-Jazeera reported that the explosion occurred near a house targeted on Monday night in Dhangri village of South Rajouri district. A five-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl died in the blast. The injured are being treated at the hospital, officials said.

Police officer Mukesh Singh told reporters that two gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at three houses in Dhangari on Sunday night. Four civilians were killed and five injured.

Police blamed armed assailants for both the attacks in Dhangri. The site is close to the highly militarized Line of Control that divides the disputed Himalayan region between India and Pakistan.

It is not clear whether the attackers left the explosives on Sunday night. Police and soldiers are continuing search operations in the area to nab the assailants. Dhangari is a Hindu-majority village and all the victims are Hindus.

Hundreds of people gathered in Dhangari to protest the killings on Monday and chanted slogans condemning the attackers.

They placed the bodies of the victims in a line in the main square and refused to cremate them while demanding that Manoj Sinha, the region’s top administrator in New Delhi, visit the village.

India and Pakistan have each claimed the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir have been fighting New Delhi’s rule since 1989 Most Muslim Kashmiris support the rebel goal of uniting the region under Pakistani rule or as an independent country

At least 172 suspected insurgents and 26 members of the armed forces were killed in fighting last year, Indian officials said.

In 2019, India’s Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi abrogated Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which granted partial autonomy to Indian-administered Kashmir. This move led to an increase in attacks by suspected rebels against Hindus.

Thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces have been killed in the decades-long conflict.

(January 03)