Srinagar, June 17: Days after Pakistan warned India of a possible Pulwma-like attack, terrorists on Monday attacked an army convoy with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. According to sources car laden with explosives was used in the attack.
Nine soldiers suffered minor injuries in the terror attack.
"A failed attempt was made to attack a mobile vehicle patrol of 44 Rashtriya Rifles with a vehicle-based IED while the army patrol was moving in the general area of Arihal in Pulwama on Monday evening," defence spokesman, Col. Rajesh Kalia told IANS.
"Troops all safe. Few minor injuries. Reports of attack on an Army convoy are unfounded and baseless," he added.
With reinforcements of security forces immediately reaching the explosion site, the area has been cordoned off and searches are in progress, officials said.
Earlier, reports said that militants exploded an IED under a Casper vehicle, extensively damaging it, as an army convoy passed through Arihal village. However, the army clarified that the damaged vehicle was not a Casper, but an Ashok Leyland Stallion truck.
Caspers are landmine proof vehicles used by the Indian Army in the militancy-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir to avert damage to the troops during convoy movement. They usually moves ahead of the convoy to avert the threats posed by landmines.
The site of the blast is 27 kms from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Earlier, an intelligence input about a major terror strike in Kashmir, reportedly shared by Pakistan, had prompted a high alert in the valley.The input talked about Al Qaeda's plan to carry out the attack in Awantipora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, either before or during the Amarnath Yatra beginning on July 1, to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa, chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead recently in an encounter with security forces, an official had said."The input has been shared with all security forces engaged in counter insurgency operations in the state. A high alert has been sounded, although security is already on maximum alert because of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra," the official had added on condition of anonymity.News24 Bureau/ Agencies
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