Srinagar, Apr 8 (ANI): A major tragedy was averted here on Thursday when a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was defused on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway, around 14 kilometers from here.
The militants had reportedly planted the IED on the roadside at Narbal Chowk on the highway.
The police said about 3 kilogram of explosive had been kept inside a pressure cooker, which was defused and a grave mishap was averted.
Sources said it is believed that the target of the militants was the Army convoy, which passes through this highway every day.
"There is a Chinar tree on the Baramulla National Highway. A pressure cooker was planted in a pit on the right side of the road. It had 2-3 kgs of IED, which was later defused. There are no casualties," said Nisar Ahmad, in charge of the Parimpora police station.
Detected by a Road Opening Party of security forces, the IED was defused by the bomb disposal squad.
Earlier on Wednesday, the state police had defused a powerful IED fitted in a 3 kg gas cylinder in Baramulla district. They recovered two hand grenades and ten live rounds of AK ammunition rom the spot. (ANI)