Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday claimed to have unearthed a Lashkar-e-Taiba module which was involved in planting a bomb near Chanapora bridge in the outskirts of Srinagar on May 17, 2012.
The police have arrested five active militants who were part of a Lashkar-e-Taiba module operating from Tral area in Pulwama District, said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir Range S Afad-ul-Mujtba at a press conference in Srinagar.
The DIG said that in order to disturb prevalent peace and public order a criminal conspiracy was hatched by active militants of LeT operating in Tral and other adjacent villages in south Kashmir.
The militants Bilal Ahmad Bhat alias Bilal Lalihari from Pulwama , Sajad Ahmad Bhat alias Shadak from Panthachowk and a Pakistani citizen Qasim alias Qasim Bhai along with their other associates had planned the IED explosion in Srinagar to target law enforcement agencies and strike terror in the minds of general public, he added.
"A Pakistani IED expert Qasim Bhai masterminded the attempt by providing explosives and trained the module and also procured the remote detonation device," he said.
While police have arrested Qasim and Sajad Ahmed Bhat while the co-conspirators are absconding.
A vehicle laden with explosives was parkedd near Chanapora bridge, in the outskirts of Srinagar City. Police foiled the attempt following a tip off from a civilian. According to police the planned IED explosion was targeted towards convoys of security personnel who frequent the route.
Police said the module procured the explosive materials and containers for the bomb locally. Much of the items used in making the bomb were objects of daily use like metal milk cans which formed the storage device. Procurement of the explosive materials like gelatin was done from magazines providing blasting material to quarries operating in the Zewan -Khunmoh areas, Mujtaba added.
"While the use of IEDs and such car bombs is an emerging trend, we are going to try our level best to eliminate it," Mujtaba said.