Pulwama-type attack averted in Jammu and Kashmir, 52 kilograms of explosives recovered near highway, says Indian Army

The explosives were found in a Syntex water tank at Gadikal's Karewa area during a search operation around 8 am

Press Trust of India September 17, 2020 23:00:59 IST
Pulwama-type attack averted in Jammu and Kashmir, 52 kilograms of explosives recovered near highway, says Indian Army

New Delhi: A Pulwama-style terror strike was averted by the Indian Army with the recovery of 52 kg of explosives on Thursday in Kashmir's Karewa area which is not very far from the site of last year's dastardly attack, Indian Army officials said.

They said the location where the explosives were recovered was near the Jammu and Kashmir highway and around nine kilometres from the spot of the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

"We have averted another Pulwama-type attack," said an Indian Army official.

The officials said the explosives were found in a Syntex water tank at Karewa area of Gadikal during a search opeation around 8 am.

"There were 416 packets of explosives with each one of them weighing 125gm," said an official, adding another 50 detonators were recovered in another Syntex tank in the area in subsequent searches.

The explosives are called "Super-90" or S-90 in short, the official said.

On 14 February last year, a suicide bomber had rammed an explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama killing 40 soldiers. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Kashmir in recent years.

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had taken responsibility for the attack.

Twelve days after the strike, India's warplanes pounded a JeM terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan that had triggered massive escalation in tension between the two countries.

Last month, the NIA filed a charge sheet in the case, detailing how the attack was planned and executed by JeM. The NIA named Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and several others in the chargesheet.

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