Bomb squad defused IED bomb in Poonch on Wednesday. (ANI)
A MAJOR tragedy was averted on Wednesday with the timely detection of a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted inside a pressure cooker on a busy highway in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The suspected IED was found on the roadside at Manjakote on Jammu-Poonch highway and was subsequently destroyed by the Army’s Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), the officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Chandan Kohli said, “This morning a road opening patrol of the Army found a suspicious object along the highway near Manjakote.”
“Soon, traffic was controlled on the highway and a bomb disposal squad was called in. The suspected material, packed in a fruit packing box, has been destroyed through a controlled explosion,” he said. The officer said a case under relevant sections of law was registered at the police station and further investigation is on. An Army officer said the suspected IED was noticed planted inside a three-litre pressure cooker apparently during the intervening night to set off an explosion.