Police intercept car with 30 kg explosives, foil attack in J&K’s Pulwama

A few rounds were fired after which the owners of the Santro car abandoned it and fled.
The abandoned Santro car alleged to be carrying explosives. (HT photo)
The abandoned Santro car alleged to be carrying explosives. (HT photo)
Updated on May 28, 2020 11:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

A major attack was averted when the police in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama intercepted a vehicle moving about with 30 kg explosives in it on Wednesday night. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team is at the spot.

The police got tipped off last night about a terrorist moving around with an explosives laden car ready to blast at some location. It then sent out search parties in search of the vehicle.

ANI photo
ANI photo

The suspected vehicle, a Santro car, came and a few rounds were fired. Soon after, the owners of the vehicle abandoned it and escaped. The officials claim that the vehicle was to be used to target either a camp or forces.

ANI photo
ANI photo

On inspection, the police found explosives in a drum on the rear seat of the vehicle. It suspected more explosives could possibly be fitted elsewhere in the vehicle. The car was then kept under watch overnight and the people in the nearby houses were evacuated. The bomb disposal squads were called in and the vehicle was exploded in situ by them as moving the vehicle would have involved a serious threat .

 

The car reportedly had a number plate of a scooter registered somewhere in the Kathua district of Jammu zone.

The incident is a chilling reminder of February 2019 Pulwama attack when a Maruti Eeco smashed into the CRPF convoy by suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar, killing 40 troopers.

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