80 kg IED detected on Srinagar-airport road, 3 policemen injured

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Srinagar, Aug 7 (UNI) A major tragedy was today averted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) when it detected a powerful 80 kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Srinagar-Airport road.

However, the IED, which was taken to a nearby police station, exploded inside causing injuries to three police personnel.

Troops of 83 battalion noticed some suspicious movement near a dustbin at 0545 hrs on Indira Gandhi Srinagar-Airport road at Hyderpora chowk, a CRPF spokesman told UNI.

He said CRPF personnel immediately rushed, where a tin filled with explosive with timer was found under the garbage.

The spokesman said one suspected person has been arrested from the spot by the CRPF and handed over to police.

He said the area was immediately cordoned off and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) summoned to defuse the IED, which could have been triggered even by mobile phone.

This was the powerful explosive which could have caused much damage to life and property, as the route remains busy throughout the day. Security forces convoy also use this route.

A police spokesman said an IED fitted in plastic tank of 100 liters capacity was detected from a Municipal garbage dumper near Parraypora on Indhra Gandhi Road in Srinagar.

The IED was later defused safely by Bomb disposal squad.

However, official sources said the IED later exploded in a police station resulting in injuries to three police officials, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector.

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