Hizb militant owned the car used for botched Pulwama bombing: Report

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Police have identified the owner of the car used for an unsuccessful bomb attack in Pulwama yesterday as Hidayatullah Malik, an active militant of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit, reports said today.

“The Santro car which was used for IED belongs to Hidayatullah Malik, an active Hizbul Mujahideen militant who is a resident of Sharatpora Shopian. He had joined militant ranks in July last year,” a senior police officer was quoted as having said by news agency GNS.

On Thursday, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said that a major incident of a “vehicle-borne IED blast”, akin to 2019-Lethpora type explosion, was averted by timely detection of the car fitted with “40-45 kilograms of explosives” in Rajpora area of southern Pulwama district.

He said the security agencies were getting inputs about a possible attack by the militants for some time.