Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said it has recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the cremation ground Sherpur area of Kathua district. “A search operation was conducted early morning by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Kathua district police at Bein Nalla near the cremation ground, in which two suspicious objects packed in polythene were found in the bushes,” police said.
Police said a bomb disposal squad (BDS) was called to inspect the items. “Upon investigation, it was found that both the objects were Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs),” police said.
Police said the IED was contained within a plastic bottle and contained an electric detonator, a 9V battery (originating from Malaysia), a circuit, screws acting as splinters and explosive material. “The plastic containers containing the IEDs were wrapped with plaster of Paris,” police said. Police said the estimated weight of one IED was 1.5 kg, while the other was one kg.
“Recognizing the potential threat, the team carefully and successfully destroyed both the IEDs on the spot,” police said. Police said the device was captured after a controlled explosion. It added that a case has been registered at the concerned police station and further investigation is underway to arrest those responsible for planting the IED.