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Govt forces detect, destroy IED on Jammu-Poonch highway

The government forces on Wednesday detected a suspected Improvised Explosive Device planted inside a pressure cooker on a busy highway in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The suspected IED was found on the roadside at Manjakote on Jammu-Poonch highway and was subsequently destroyed by the Army’s Bomb Disposal Squad, reports said.

An Army officer said the suspected IED was noticed planted inside a three-litre pressure cooker apparently during the intervening night to set off an explosion.

“This morning a road opening patrol of the Army found a suspicious object along the highway near Manjakote,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Chandan Kohli said.

“Soon, traffic was controlled on the highway and a bomb disposal squad was called in,” he said.

He said the traffic on the highway was immediately suspended as a precautionary measure from both sides.

However, the traffic movement resumed nearly two hours later after the spot was secured with sandbags and an armoured vehicle.

The suspected material was destroyed around 1.30 pm.

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