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4 Hizbul men nabbed with IEDs, tragedy averted

Security forces arrest four Hizbul ultras with IEDs, thwarting their plan to set off another explosion.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 15:36 IST

Thwarting their plan to set off another explosion close on the heels of a massive car bomb blast in which nine armymen were injured, security forces on Monday arrested four Hizbul Mujahideen ultras in Srinagar while they were making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

A defence spokesman said the interrogation of arrested militants was in progress and that their involvement in the car bomb blast two days ago at Rawalpora near Srinagar in which nine army personnel and a woman were injured cannot be ruled out.

The Militants were arrested from Batmaloo area of Central Srinagar where they were busy preparing an eight-kgs IED on Monday morning, the spokesman said.

He said a joint party of Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) raided Batmaloo locality on specific information and arrested Aijaz Ahmad Bhat alias "Bobby", a locally trained militant.

The timely arrest of the militant, who was preparing an eight-kgs IED, foiled Hizb plan to set off another explosion in the city, the spokesman said.

The interrogation of Bhat, a resident of Barbarshah locality of the city, led to the arrest of his other associates from Batmaloo area, the spokesman said and identified them as Shahbaz Ahmad Bhat alias "Babloo", car garage owner, Feroz Ahmad Najar, Abdul Rashid Shalla (all residents of Barbarshah) and Ghulam Nabi Wani, a resident of Zainakadal.

All of them were locally trained militants of Hizbul Mujahideen and were preparing IED's at the garage of Bhat before planting the devices elsewhere, the spokesman said.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 15:36 IST