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Sticky bombs recovered from ‘hybrid terrorist’ in Sopore: Police

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Srinagar: In first such instance in Kashmir, security forces have recovered sticky bombs or magnetic IEDs from a “hybrid terrorist” in Sopore township of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Sunday.

The militant, identified as Saqib Shakeel Dar, son of Shakeel Ahmad Dar, resident of MumkakBatpora, presently residing at Checki Brath Sopore, was arrested Saturday evening. He is working as a “hybrid terrorist” of proscribed terrorist organization LeT and was in a constant search of an opportunity to carry out attacks on security forces and civilians.

“Hybrid terrorist” is a term coined by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to describe those “who carry out a subversive task assigned to them by their handlers before slipping back into normal life.”

Speaking to reporters in Sopore, in north Kashmir, SP Sopore, Shabir Nawab, said the security forces laid a naka in Shangergund area of Sopore on a specific input about the movement of a “hybrid terrorist” on Saturday evening.

“The hybrid terrorist was arrested and a pistol, a pistol magazine, eight pistol rounds were seized from his possession, while sticky bombs were recovered from a location told by him,” the officer said.

Nawab said after questioning him, security forces recovered three sticky bombs or magnetic bombs and seven detonators from an orchard of village Chek-i- Brath area.  Further investigation is on, he said.

The SP said it was for the first time that sticky bombs were recovered in Sopore.

Officials said it was the first instance that the sticky bombs were recovered in the Valley. There have been a couple of such instances in the Jammu region of the UT earlier.

Sticky bomb is a magnetic bomb, which sticks to a vehicle, it is a high explosive and very destructive and dangerous to security forces and civilians and can cause huge loss of life and property, the SP said.

Nawab said the recovery of the bombs was a huge success for the security forces.

Earlier, on July 03, six sticky bombs along with other arms and ammunition were recovered from a hideout in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

In May, four Hindu pilgrims were killed and at least 20 injured when their bus caught fire near Katra in Jammu. Police suspect a sticky bomb might have been used to trigger the fire.

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