SRINAGAR: Army today said it averted a major tragedy after detecting and defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
on the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad highway on which, according to police, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had passed twice during the day.
An army spokesman said that an IED weighing around 10 Kilograms and planted along the highway near HMT crossing in Shalteng was detected by its men on a routine patrol.
Troops from Rashtriya Rifles defused the IED, averting a major tragedy in the area, he said.
IED was kept in a 7-litre pressure cooker, hidden in a gunny rice bag and placed under a culvert in the crowded area, he said.
Since RCIED (remote-controlled IED) equipment ASHI was placed at Shalteng Chowk by 2 RR (SIKH LI), the IED could not be exploded by the terrorists.
This averted a major accident as CM also moved through the same area twice, it said, adding the troops neutralised the IED at the spot.
Meanwhile there were massive traffic jams at the time causing great inconvenience to commuters.
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