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Kashmir nursing students among 4 arrested after IED recovery in Jammu city

A nursing student and three of his associates were held on Sunday after government forces claimed to have recovered a 7-kg IED near a busy bus stand in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The recovery and subsequent arrests come on the second anniversary of the Pulwama convoy attack in which at least 40 Indian paramilitary troops were killed.  

Mukesh Singh, the Inspector General of Police, Jammu Range, also said six pistols and 15 small Improvised Explosive Devices were seized from Samba district in a separate operation.

“Over the past four days we were on high alert because there was general intelligence input that militant groups want to trigger a major blast in Jammu city on the second anniversary of the Pulwama attack. The security around all important locations were strengthened and checking intensified,” he said.

Singh said a youth, Suhail Bashir Shah, was found moving in suspicious manner along with a bag in the general bus stand area and it led to the recovery of nearly seven kg of un-activated IED. A Bomb disposal squad was investigating the IED and it is not yet clear whether RDX was used in the fabrication of the device.

Shah, a resident of Newa village in Pulwama, who was pursuing nursing course in a college in Chandigarh and, police said he was assigned the task to plant the IED in Jammu by his Pakistan-based handler affiliated with Al-Badr outfit.

“He was given four targets including (the famous) Ragunath mandir, bus stand, railway station and Lakhdata bazar (jewellers market) and was scheduled to take a flight to Srinagar after completing his job,” Singh said.

Singh said Athar Shakeel Khan, who is a high ranking overground worker of Al-Badr, was supposed to receive him at Srinagar airport. Khan too has been arrested.

“His fellow student from Kashmir, Qazi Wasim, was aware of the plan and he was picked up from Chandigarh, while their another associate Abid Nabi was arrested  from Srinagar,” the IGP said. 

In another anti-insurgency operation, Singh said police seized six pistols along with a large quantity of ammunition and 15 minor IEDs while patrolling in Jang area of Ramgarh in Samba district during the intervening night of February 13 and 14.

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