Police in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir Thursday said government forces averted a car bomb attack by defusing an improvised explosive device (IED) placed inside the vehicle.
The vehicle was found abandoned at village Avigund Rajpora in Pulwama district, about 35 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
“A major incident of car bomb blast was averted today by the timely action of police, paramilitary and army,” a police official said.
Reports said a team of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrived at the spot to investigate the plan.
According to officials, police found explosives in a drum on the rear seat of the car.
“After spotting the vehicle, a bomb disposal squad was called in to defuse the IED,” the police official said.
Last year on Feb. 14, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a bus ferrying India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the district, killing 40 of them. The attack was carried out on highly secured Jammu-Srinagar highway at Lethpora.
The suicide attack brought India and Pakistan on the brink of war as New Delhi entered into Pakistan’s territory and conducted airstrikes. India lost a MiG-21 Bison fighter plane while engaging with Pakistani jets and an Indian air force pilot was also captured by Pakistan.
India’s action inside Pakistan evoked a strong response heightening tension in the subcontinent.
Militant groups opposing New Delhi‘s rule are engaged in a guerilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989. Gunfights between the two sides take place intermittently.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.