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8 Injured in car blast in Srinagar

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Feb 26 (UNI) Seven security personnel and a driver were injured in a car bomb blast on the outskirts of the Srinagar city today, an official spokesman said.

Elsewhere in the valley, security forces recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition which was to be used in fidayeen attacks.

The spokesman said militants detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a parked car at Bemina, opposite Board of School Education Complex when a security force convoy passed by.

Due to the impact of the blast, the front screen of a bus, which was part of the convoy, was smashed, causing injuries to seven security force personnel and a civilian driver.

A defence ministry spokesman said a Road Opening Party (ROP) noticed a man parking a white car on the main road at Bemina, near a hospital on the Srinagar-Baramulla road this morning when a army convoy was passing the area.

He said the man started running when asked by the security forces to remove the vehicle. Before he could be caught, the blast took place in the car.

The injured were admitted to army base hospital, he said.

It was learnt that a stolen car with fake registration number was used in the blast by militants.

Militants have caused more than a dozen car bomb blasts in Srinagar and other parts of the valley, targeting security forces and other top officials.

About 20 people, mostly security personnel, have been killed in these blasts.

The last car bomb blast took place last year near the corporate headquarter of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd near Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) in which four people were killed and more than 60 injured.


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