1-quintal Bomb Defused

1-quintal Bomb Defused

18 May 2012
The Telegraph (Kolkata)


Srinagar: A quintal of explosives kept in an abandoned car on a Srinagar road frequented by army vehicles was found and defused last night after militants failed to set them off and an auto driver alerted police. A police source described the quantity of explosives used in the device as unprecedented. “Bombs of this magnitude have been rarely used (in the Valley),” the source said. “It would have caused massive destruction,” Srinagar police chief Ashiq Bukhari said. The Channapora bridge on Nowgam bypass, where the improvised explosive device (IED) was found, is used by army vehicles and it appears they were the target, the police source said. The IED was fitted into two cylinders, one pressure cooker and one canister inside the car. After the auto-driver informed the police, reinforcements were sent, the area was sealed off and the bomb-disposal squad carried out a controlled explosion hours later after burying the device in a trench. Kashmir police chief S.M. Sahai said the militants attempted to detonate the bomb but didn’t succeed. He suggested “novices” had assembled the device. “We have arrested or eliminated almost all IED experts. The new boys are novices (in making or detonating bombs).” The police have announced cash award of Rs 20,000 for the driver, whose name was not disclosed. Another Rs 30,000 will be given to the bomb disposal squad personnel, who worked throughout the night to defuse the device. Another senior officer said the IED was similar to the one used in last year’s assassination of Moulana Showkat Ahmad, the chief of religious body Jamat Ahle Hadees, in Srinagar.