IED planted in busy road defused in Kashmir
31 March 2001
Srinagar: Security forces on Saturday defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a busy road at Khanpora, officials said. The traffic was stopped after the IED was detected on the Baramulla-Uri road, they said. The bomb, which was defused soon, was capable of causing much damage, they added. Traffic on the route resumed after three hours. Shops and business establishments remained closed in some civil lines, uptown and down town areas in protest against the alleged custodial death of Lashker-e-Toiba Badgam and Srinagar district chief Salhuddin. There were reports of stone pelting on passing vehicles in some areas of the city. Militants shot dead a police constable, Ghulam Nabi, at Lalpora in the frontier district of Kupwara early on Saturday morning, the officials said. Bodies of two timber smugglers were found in Shanu Handwara in North Kashmir where security forces opened fire after a group of people tried to flee on being challenged late on Friday night.