Boston type IED detected near Shalteng: Army
‘It Could Have Caused Fatal Casualties To VIP Cavalcade’
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Apr 30: Army Tuesday said that they averted a major tragedy by detecting and defusing a Boston-type Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Shalteng area on the outskirts of Srinagar.
A defense spokesman said the soldiers of 2 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) detected and later defused a powerful IED near Shalteng on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road. “It was similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon, USA attack,” he said.
“IED with over 11 Kg of explosives could have caused serious threat to number of innocent people moving on the road as also the civil VIPs who were scheduled to move along the road,” spokesman added.
Pertinently, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah passed through the area on way to Tangmarg around hour before the IED was detected.
He said based on the intelligence obtained by 2 RR about the likelihood of planting of IED by militants, an extensive search was launched by the Army during the road opening resulting in detection of the IED which was made using approximately 11 Kgs of explosives. “The IED, constructed using a pressure cooker, was placed in a rice bag near a culvert in the close proximity of the Shalteng Petrol Pump on the highway,” the spokesman said adding that to avert civilian causalities, the soldiers cordoned off the area and neutralized the IED in the same place employing their expert bomb disposal squad.
“In doing so they averted a major incident which could have possibly caused fatal casualties to the local population as also the people travelling in the cavalcade of the VIP who was scheduled to move through the area,” the spokesman said adding, “It may be noted that this pattern of IED is similar to the one which was used in the Boston Marathon, USA IED attack.”
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