Army averts terror strike, recovers IED, two land mines from Akhnoor border in Jammu and Kashmir
The Army on Thursday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and mines in the forested area of Akhnoor border belt in Jammu district, foiling a potential terror strike, a defence official said.
Jammu: The Army on Thursday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and mines in the forested area of Akhnoor border belt in Jammu district, foiling a potential terror strike, a defence official said.
The combing operation is still on, he added.
According to the spokesman, suspicious movement close to an Army unit location near the Akhnoor market was observed by jawans Wednesday night leading to the security forces cordoning off the area.
"A search operation was conducted and during the area sanitisation process, the security forces utilising a dog squad had recovered one fully installed IED, two mines, army accoutrements and other incriminating items till now," he said.
The spokesmen also commended the alertness and vigilance of Army personnel at Akhnoor for helping avert what he said could have been a major terrorist strike on sensitive and soft targets in Akhnoor.
Combing operation with police are in progress, he said, adding that security had been beefed up in and around establishments of security forces in Jammu, particularly the Akhnoor border belt.
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, is currently on a two-day visit of Jammu region and had asked the troops to maintain a high degree of alertness alongthe LoC in the state.
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