Blast bid foiled, 5 HM OGWs held with IED

TNN Bureau. Updated: 6/20/2019 11:30:32 AM Front Page

SRINAGAR: In a major success, security forces have arrested five over ground workers (OGWs) of proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopian district along with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which they were planning to use to carry out terror attacks in Valley.

The Kashmir Valley has seen a spurt in use of IEDs to target security personnel in recent time, the major attack being February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred. Only on this Monday, an Army truck was attacked using IEDs in which two soldiers were martyred.

There were more such attacks being planned, which have now been foiled with today’s action, an official said.

"Based on specific input, police arrested five associates of militants from Shopian district," an official spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Police said.

He said one IED, which the militants were planning to use against security forces, was recovered at the instance of arrested persons.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Aqib Nazir Rather son of Nazir Ahmed Rather resident of Awneera, Amir Majeed Wani son of Abdul Majeed Wani resident of Durpura, Sameer Ahmed Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat resident of Shirmal, Faisal Farooq Ahanger son of Farooq Ahmed Ahanger resident of Molu Chitragam and Rayees Ahmed Ganai son of Mohd Ayuob Ganai resident of Molu Dangarpura.

"During questioning of the arrested persons, it was revealed that terrorists of proscribed outfit HM, along with above stated associates, were planning to target police and security forces by planting an IED in the area," he said.

On their disclosure, a sophisticated IED was recovered from their possession and major “terror” attempt which they had planned was foiled.

In this regard, a case FIR NO 39/2019 was registered at Police Station Zainapora and further investigation is in progress, the spokesman said.

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