Pulwama-type attack averted, 52 kg explosives discovered near J&K highway: army

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More research led to another such tank with 50 detonators, military said

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  • Army found 416 packets of explosives weighing 125 g each in water tank
  • More research led to another tank with 50 detonators, military says
  • Explosives were found 9 km from Pulwama 2019 attack site

New Delhi: A major Pulwama-type attack was averted with the discovery of 52 kilograms of explosives at a location very close to the highway and also near the site of last year’s strike in which more than 40 soldiers were killed.

According to an army statement, a joint search operation at 8 am Thursday in “the Karewa region of Gadikal” revealed a Syntex tank that was buried in an orchard. About 52 kilograms of explosives were found in this water tank. There were 416 packages of explosives of 125 g each.

Further research led to another such tank with 50 detonators, the military said.

The explosive is called “Super 90”, according to the officers.

The place where the explosives were found is very close to the highway and 9 km from the Pulwama 2019 attack site.

On February 14 last year, more than 40 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber crashed into a car full of explosives in a security convoy. Some 35 kg of RDX plastic explosives were used in the attack, in addition to the gelatin sticks.

Days later, the Indian Air Force carried out strikes to eliminate a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorism training center in Balakot, Pakistan. This was followed by an air battle along the Line of Control a day later – events that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

The National Investigation Agency recently said in an indictment that Pakistan-based terrorist mastermind Masood Azhar and his brother Rauf Asghar were the main conspirators behind the Pulwama attack.

The 13,500-page indictment sheet also stated that Jaish terrorists planned to carry out another attack and even prepared Fidayeen or suicide bombers, but were thwarted by India’s airstrikes in Balakot. .

The NIA has listed 19 defendants and detailed how the planning and execution of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Kashmir was carried out from Pakistan, where the 26/11 terrorist Masood’s Jaish-e-Mohammad is based. Azhar.

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