January 2003 News

BSF Foils Bid On J&K Deputy Speakerís Life

16 January 2003
The Asian Age

Srinagar: Border Security Force personnel in the northern Kashmir district of Baramulla on Wednesday night detected a powerful bomb planted by suspected militants to target the deputy speaker of the state Assembly, who is also a senior pro-India politician, a BSF spokesman said. The 22 kg improvised explosive device, made of RDX, was found late on Wednesday in the Hajan township, 40 km north of Srinagar. 'The remote controlled bomb also had a string of eleven hand grenades attached to it and was buried in the middle of the road,' the spokesman said. 'The deadly explosive device was probably meant to target Mohammed Akbar Lone who was supposed to visit this area soon,' he informed. Mr Lone is the deputy speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and a National Conference leader. 'The timely detection of this explosive device has averted a major tragedy,' said Mr Achariya, adding that bomb experts took several hours to defuse the 'complicated device.' Earlier on Wednesday militants detonated a powerful landmine in Baramulla district killing a BSF officer and injuring two soldiers.


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