‘Defused’ Bomb Goes Off In Rawalakot; 13 Injured27 January 2010
Muzaffarabad: Over a dozen people, most of them police and civil defence personnel, were injured when an explosive device presumed to have been defused went off near Rawalakot on Wednesday morning. A local man spotted the device shaped like a tiffin-carrier near a bus stop on a road leading to an army brigade office in Kharick on the outskirts of Rawalakot and informed police at about 11pm on Tuesday. A school owned by a retired general is also in the vicinity. According to Poonch SP Sajjad Ahmed, police cordoned off the spot where the metal box with some sensors, wires and switches had been placed. After working for about half an hour bomb disposal squads announced at about 4am that the device had been defused. As parts of the device were being taken to a police vehicle, the explosives went off, injuring six civil defence personnel, three policemen and four other people, including the man who had spotted the device.