Indian Army averted a major tragedy when a pressure cooker fitted with improvised explosive device (IED) was defused with the help of robots in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to sources, troops of Rashtriya Rifles battalion of Counter Insurgency Romeo Force spotted a cooker IED fitted under Saglet bridge in Sakhi Maidaan area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district at 7.30 am and immediately stopped the traffic on Mendhar-Poonch road via Mankote.
It is believed that the militants were targeting vehicles of security forces and civilians by planting the IED under the bridge.
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The IED was successfully defused at 1. 15 pm and the traffic on Mendhar-Poonch road via Mankote was restored only after the Army and police cleared the area and declared it fit for traffic.
Sources said that though there has been no major presence of militants in the border district.