Security forces and intelligence acted together to stop a blast like that happened in 2019. It was a massive car bomb that was planned. 20 kg IED was found inside the car. It was a white Hyundai car that was signaled to stop at a checkpoint.
The plan had chilling similarities with last year’s terror attack in Pulwama when over 40 soldiers were killed as a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a CRPF convoy.
The vehicle tried to accelerate through the barricade as police signaled it to stop. The vehicle was having a fake registration number.
“The security forces opened fire. The driver managed to escape, leaving behind the car laden with IED,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said. “We got intelligence about a possible attack. We were looking for a vehicle with IED since yesterday,” he added.
The bomb squad destroyed the car after defusing the bomb. Massive explosions have damaged the area.
“It (car) was kept under watch for the night. People in nearby houses were evacuated and the vehicle was destroyed on-site by the bomb disposal squad as moving it would have been a serious threat,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said.