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IED detected, destroyed in Bandipora

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Srinagar: Security forces on Saturday averted a major tragedy by detecting and destroying an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, officials said.

The IED, weighing around 18 kg, was fitted with two gas cylinders in the Astango area of the north Kashmir district, they said.

Srinagar-based Public Relations Officer (Defence) Col Emron Musavi said based on intelligence received from police and corroborated by the Army, a joint operation was launched in the early hours of Saturday.

“Search parties were immediately deployed and an area of 300-metre radius was cordoned off. The IED was detected at about 08.35 am,” he said.

A bomb disposal squad neutralised the IED, which was found in close proximity of the Bandipora-Sopore road, without any collateral damage, he said.

The Bandipora-Sopore highway is an important line of communication for civil traffic as well as for the Army and CAPF convoys.

“#Chinarwarriors & @JmuKmrPolice averted a major terror attack today by recovering & in-situ destroying an 18kg #IED at Astangoo, #Bandipora. #IndianArmy stands by its commitment to keep #Kashmir terror free,” Chinar Corps of the army wrote on Twitter.

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