B’pora IED blast case cracked, 2 hybrid militants arrested: Police

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police in Sopore have claimed to have cracked the recent IED blast case of Kenusa Bandipora by arresting two LeT hybrid militants involved in the case.

Three IEDs have been recovered from their possession, thereby averting a major tragedy, a police spokesman said.

“Acting on specific information, a special checkpoint was established by police near Watlab Crossing in Sopore. During checking a suspicious person carrying a white coloured bag coming from Bandipora towards Watlab was signalled to stop. However, the said suspicious person tried to flee from the spot but he was tactfully apprehended by the alert police party. On search, 02 IEDs were recovered from the white coloured bag he was carrying with. He has been identified as Irshad Ahmad Ganie @ Shahid son of Sonawallha Ganie resident of Kehnusa Bandipora,” police said.

Police said that preliminary investigation revealed that the accused person is a hybrid militant linked LeT.

“On his further disclosure, another hybrid militant identified as Wasim Raja Lone son of Ghulam Mohd Lone resident of Kehnusa Bandipora was arrested from whose possession one more IED was recovered,” police said, adding that during further questioning, the arrested duo revealed that they had planned and executed the IED attack in Kenusa area of Bandipora on 27/10/2022.

By the arrest and recovery of 03 IEDs, Police have averted a possible major tragedy as the arrested accused were planning to carry out more IED blasts.

In this regard, police said that a case under FIR number 251/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigation is in progress.

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