Five arrested in Shopian with material used in IEDs: Police

Police Wednesday said they have arrested five persons in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

“On specific inputs police raided several villages in Zainpora area of the district and detained five persons,” an official said. He said that material used in making IEDs including wires and batteries were recovered from their possession.

The official identified those arrested as Amir Nazir Wani son of Nazir Ahmad of Durpora Shopian, Sameer Mushtaq Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Shirmal Shopian, Faisal Farooq Bhat son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Moolu Chitragam, Shopian, Rayees Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Ayoub of Dangerpora Shopian and Aqib Nazir Rather son of Nazir Ahmad Rather of Awneera Shopian.

The official said that a case was registered and investigations initiated.

Pertinently, militants on Monday set off an IED in Arihal village of neighbouring Pulwama district, injuring as many as nine soldiers. Two of them later died of their injuries at an army hospital in Srinagar.

According to an official, five IED attacks have taken place since January 2018.

“Of them three caused fatalities,” added the official.