SPO injured in militant attack
IED Recovered From Bus, 2 Held
Srinagar, Nov 22: A Special Police Officer (SPO) was injured when suspected militants attacked Army’s patrolling party in Surankote area of Poonch district Sunday night.
Official sources said that SPO Showkat Hussain was injured when suspected militants opened heavy fire upon a patrolling party of Army’s 25 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police in Sani area of Surankote. The militants managed to flee from the spot taking cover of darkness. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Surankote, Parbeet Singh, said a search operation was underway to arrest the militants responsible for the attack.
Army on Monday detained two people after recovering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from a passenger bus.
Reports said that Army’s 46 Rashtriya Rifles intercepted a passenger bus (JK05-8999) near Military Intelligence (MI) room, Kanth Bagh this afternoon. The Army started searches of the bus before asking the passengers to get off. During the searches, Army recovered a plastic can containing an IED that weighed around five kilograms.
The bus driver identified as Bashir Ahmad, son of Abdur Razak Lone, of Wanigam Pattan and his assistant Khurshid Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Nabi Mir, of Behrampora were arrested. They were later handed over to police for questioning.
The bus was on its way to Baramulla from Pattan.
Soon after the recovery of IED, Army sealed off the area and informed the bomb disposal squad. The movement of traffic on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was also restricted for over an hour.
“We’re innocents. Army asked us to take out a plastic can that was hidden beneath a seat. We had no idea it was an IED,” shouted Bashir at the police station.
Station House Officer (SHO) Baramulla, Pralad Sharma said that two people were handed over to police by Army following recovery of an IED from their bus.
“The investigations in this case are going on,” he added.
Meanwhile, Army’s 12 Brigade suspended movement of traffic on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road near Nowshera this morning after sniffer dogs indicated the presence of an explosive device on the vital roadway. After carrying out searches for over an hour, no explosives were found by Army. The traffic was later resumed on the highway.
Meanwhile, official sources said that a joint team of Army’s 29 RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested a youth identified as Manzoor Ahmad Shiekh, son of Abdul Aziz Sheikh from Warpora locality of Sopore town. Four hand grenades, they said, were recovered from the possession of the youth.
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