January 2001 News

Huge haul of explosives from J&K hideout

25 January 2001
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: HE SECURITY forces today recovered more than 50 kg of RDX, 18 gas cylinders, 26 anti-personnel mines, two RPG rockets, 106 grenades and 50 detonators from a militant hideout in Kamla near Tral in Pulwama, south Kashmir. These explosives, seized by a joint patrolling party of the army, police and the BSF, were meant to target civilians and the security personnel on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Ashok Bhan told The Hindustan Times that the 'militants had planned to target the highway in a big way'. Kamla village is close to the national highway. According to official sources, militants have shifted explosives from the border areas to villages and towns close to vital installations. A BSF official said several villages had been virtually converted into ammunition dumps. 'We simply don't know how to recover the whole thing', he stated. Sources said the militants were reported to have dumped the explosives, mostly RDX and rifle grenades, in Baramullah and Kupwara areas. They, however, were not getting opportunity to shift it to striking points, he said.


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