On the second anniversary of the Pulwama terror attack, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday averted a major tragedy after it found and defused a 7 kg improvised explosive device (IED) from the busy General Bus Stand area in Jammu.
The cops have also detained two people in this regard. Inspector general (IG) Mukesh Singh said that Jammy railway station, Lakhdatta Bazar and Raghunath Temple were on the hit list of terrorists.
According to security forces, Pakistan was trying to activate Al Badr, a dormant terror group, and terrorists were utilising Kashmiri students studying in Punjab.
Mukesh Singh said, “We were on high alert for the past 2-3 days as we had inputs that terror groups were planning an attack on the anniversary of the Pulwama tragedy. Last night, we detained a person named Suhail from Pulwama district and recovered 6-6.5 kgs of IED from his possession. He revealed during probe that he received message from Pakistan’s Al Badr Tanzeem to plant IED here. One individual from Chandigarh, named Qazi, has also been detained.”
The IED recovery comes close on the heels of the arrest of two top terrorists from Kunjwani in Jammu and Bari Brahmana area of Samba district.
The device was detected by officials who were acting on specific information, the officials said.
Zahoor Ahmad Rather, a top terrorist affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF) and wanted in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year, was arrested from the Bari Brahmana area of Samba on Saturday.
Earlier on February 6, self-styled commander of the Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM), Hidayatullah Malik, alias “Hasnain”, was held from the Kunjwani area of Jammu.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed in February 2019 when a 78-vehicle convoy, escorting over 2,500 CRPF jawans from Jammu to Srinagar, was attacked by terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar. The terror attack was carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
While initial reports claimed that the attack was triggered by an IED explosion, it was later reported that Adil Ahmed Dar had rammed the explosive-laden SUV into the convoy.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack and released a video of Adil Ahmed Dar, a resident of Kakapora who joined the terror group a year ago.
The Pulwama attack on was the deadliest terror attack that has occurred in the valley in the past three decades of militant activity in Kashmir.
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