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'Militants using new methods and techniques'

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Aug 30: The Jammu and Kashmir Police today said the militants were everyday coming out with new methods and techniques to carry out large scale disturbances and mobile phones were now being used to trigger car bomb explosions.

Addressing a news conference here, state Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma said a major tragedy was averted on August 8 when a car was located on the Srinagar Airport road fitted with an IED contained in a pressure cooker having a circuit that would have been triggered through a mobile phone.

''A gas cylinder was also placed along side to ensure an all-round devastation had the militants detonated the IED,'' he added.

During the course of investigations of this highly-sophisticated car bomb, Mr Sharma said it was revealed that a module of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit was active in the area.

''The militants had planned to cause havoc and carry out large-scale killings of the innocent people on the eve of the Independence Day,'' he added.

The DGP said the arrest of some militants led to a Hizb hideout from where police seized a huge cache of explosive material with sophisticated mobile phone circuits.

''This material was to be transported to some public places for carrying out explosions,'' he added.

Due to the timely action of the Jammu and Kashmir police, another major tragedy was averted in the Srinagar city, Mr Sharma added.

He said on sustained interrogation, militants have provided some vital clues and more ultras were expected to be arrested soon.


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