A major attack was averted in Jammu and Kashmir after the security forces recovered a car laden with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A car filled with explosives was said to be placed at a strategic location to target a security forces convoy or a defence installation.
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) May 28, 2020
The explosive was kept in a blue drum inside the car. A bomb disposal squad reached the spot on the morning of May 28th. People were evacuated from the immediate vicinity and then the car was intentionally blown up, instead of defused.
As per the reports, late on the evening of May 27th, a car was intercepted by the security forces from Rajpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Police had a specific input about a lone car, which was tracked to Shaadipura in Pulwama.
The driver, who is a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen member, managed to escape after an initial firefight during the night.
The plan had similarities with the 2019 Pulwama attack, which left more than 400 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed as a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into their convoy.
“This convoy was supposed to start from Bakshi Stadium camp at around 7:00 am and was supposed to reach Jammu. The convoy had almost all rank officials and personnel of CRPF which were close to 400. It is suspected that terrorists wanted to target this convoy through a Santro Car seized and destroyed by Jammu and Kashmir police along with CRPF and Indian Army,” a top CRPF official involved in the operation told ANI.
Just days earlier there was intelligence for a possible attack, so authorities were paying attention and investigation all rumors and reports.
“The vehicle was destroyed around 6 am and around 7:30 am Thursday (May 28th) parts of the destroyed vehicle were removed from an area where forces destroyed it. The operation was done in a very coordinated manner,” a senior official claimed.
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