Security Forces Foil Blast Attempt Ahead Of J&K Polls

15 November 2008
The Times of India


Srinagar: Ahead of the first phase of assembly polls scheduled on November 17, a major tragedy was averted on Saturday when security forces detected an improvised explosive device(IED) on Srinagar-Muzaffarbad road in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said. A joint patrolling team of 52 Rashtriya Rifles, 53 Battalion CRPF and local police detected an IED planted by suspected militants near the roadside at Delina, 50 kms from here, the sources said. A bomb disposal squad was called in immediately to defuse the explosive, they said. Militants have stepped up attacks in the Valley following announcement of seven-phased elections in the state beginning November 17. Baramulla along with three other districts in the Valley is going to polls in the fourth phase of elections scheduled on December 7.