The army on Tuesday claimed to have detected and defused an 11-kg pressure cooker bomb in Srinagar, similar to the one used in Boston Marathon blasts in the USA, thus averting a major tragedy in the state.
An army spokesman said that an improvised explosive device (IED) was detected by troops of the 2nd Rashtriya Rifles at Shalateng, some 10km from Srinagar city centre, during their road opening patrol to facilitate movement of VIP convoys on the Srinagar–Baramulla highway.
"The IED with over 11kg of explosives could have caused a serious threat to a number of innocent people moving on the road as also the civil VIPs who were scheduled to move through the road," the army spokesman said.
"It was constructed using a pressure cooker and was placed in a rice bag near a culvert in the close proximity to the Shalateng Petrol Pump on the Highway. This pattern of IED is similar to the one which was used in the Boston Marathon," the army official further revealed.
Army officials traced the device based on an intelligence input followed by "an extensive search by the unit during the road opening resulting in detection of the IED".
Troops cordoned off the area, taking adequate security measures and neutralised the IED in the same place employing their expert bomb disposal squad.
The bomb was defused not far away from the place of a militant attack in March which led to loss of five CRPF personnel.