Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that the at least 40 to 45 kgs of explosive material was fitted in a private vehicle jointly by the Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammad militants in a bid to target forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and the timely action of forces averted major tragedy.
While addressing a press conference at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar, the IGP said that joint forces led by police, army and CRPF were getting inputs about the possible fidayeen attack by the militants.
“Yesterday, lead matured and special nakas were laid at various points. Our men stopped the suicide attacker at two naka points and fired warning shots at both sites. The attacker jumped both naka points and left behind the vehicle late night yesterday at Ayegund area of Rajpora, Pulwama,” the IGP said.
He said that the with the first light of the day, the joint forces found that the vehicle was suspicious and that the Bomb Disposal Squad was instantly called. “After preliminary investigations, we found that the vehicle was laden with at least 40 to 45 kgs of explosive material which include ammonium nitrate, RDX and other material. Earlier, we thought it must be around 10 to 15 kgs,” he said.
“We concluded that 40 to 45 kgs of explosive material was used by militants after seeing that the vehicle went up 15 meters above the ground when the IED was being destroyed.”
The IGP said a militant identified as Adil who works for Hizb and Jaish and two other militants of these outfits are behind the act. “They were planning the suicide attack on 17th of Ramadhan (Jang-e-Badr), but couldn’t do it due to our intensified operations against militants,” he said.
He said that the timely action of police, army and the CRPF in detecting and defusing the IED is laudable. “I compliment joint forces for this successful operation,” the IGP said. (KNO)