The intention of the terrorists was to carry out two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in quick succession targeting the vehicles of security forces on the Jammu-Rajouri National Highway. However, the timely detection of the bombs foiled the terror plot. It was because of the alertness of a sniffer dog of the Indian Army that a major tragedy was averted by the security forces with the timely detection of the IEDs.
“A road-opening party of the army was doing a routine duty on the highway, when our sniffer dog sniffed a suspicious object, following which the Bomb Disposal Squad was called and the first IED was detected”, a senior army officer while requesting anonymity said.
Soon after the first IED was detected and defused, another IED was detected at a distance and that too was defused safely by the bomb disposal squad of the Army. The vehicular traffic on the Jammu Rajouri National Highway was stopped for a few hours and was restored only when it was ensured that there was no other explosive device on the highway. In another operation, seven IEDs were detected from a terrorist hideout in the Sangli village of Surankote Tehsil of Poonch districts. The IEDs were defused safely by the Army's bomb disposal squad.
“The IEDs were planted in such a way that if one escapes from the first blast, they get affected by the second one. The aim was to cause maximum damage and casualties, but the timely detection had averted a major tragedy” the officers said.
Jammu-Rajouri National Highway has long been on the radar of terrorists who wants to target the security forces as in the past few months several such IEDs have been detected and diffused by the security forces. Attacking the security forces by planting an IED has been the modus-operandi of terrorists as after planting the IED they can escape to a safe location and an IED can also cause maximum damage. On February 14, terrorists carried out a suicide IED blast the Jammu Srinagar National Highway in Pulwama in which 40 jawans of the CRPF were martyred.
“Carrying out an attack by planting an IED is the easiest way for the terrorists as they do not have to be at the place, they plant the IED and run away. In most of the cases, they plant the IED and run away and if the explosive is not detected in time, it can cause large scale damages” another officer said.