Man killed in J&K car blast not a militant: Police
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Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 22:07
Srinagar: The man killed in yesterday's car blast in south Kashmir's Anantnag district apparently had no links with militancy, police said on Friday.

The deceased, earlier suspected to be a militant, has been identified as 27-year-old Mohammad Abbass, a resident of Chursoo village in Pulwama district, they said.

"So far, there is nothing to indicate that he was linked to militancy," a senior police officer said.

Abbass, he said, had visited Bijbehara sub-district hospital to deliver lunch to his brother, who is admitted there.

The deceased did not own the car and police are now trying to ascertain the ownership of the car which was blown to pieces, for taking the investigation further, the officer said.

"The first line of investigation is to ascertain whether Abbass was inside the car or outside when the explosion took place. However, it is clear that he bore the brunt of the blast and indications are that he was not inside the vehicle," he said.

While Abbass was killed on the spot, 20 persons including three CRPF jawans were injured in the explosion that rocked Bijbehara town, 45 kms from here, yesterday.

Initially, it was believed that the person killed in the blast was a militant and the IED hidden in the car went off prematurely.


First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 22:07

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