Srinagar: Security forces today found an improvised explosive device (IED) under a culvert in Shopian district of Kashmir, averting a major tragedy.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressed two election rallies in the district today and the spot where the IED was recovered was about seven kilometres away from one of the venues.
"Based on the intelligence inputs about a presence of IED on Shopian-Bahibug road, the troops of the Infantry Unit carried out a search operation of the areas resulting into the recovery of one cylinder-based IED, planted under the culvert near village Lundura," an army official said.
He said the IED was located at 3.40 PM and a bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot to neutralise the explosive.
"The area was immediately cordoned on either side of the road and IED was destroyed in situ by the Bomb Disposal teams of police and Army," the official said.
The official said the recovery of the IED averted a major tragedy and thwarted the ill designs of the militants who intended to cause violence and terror in the assembly elections.
Omar addressed two rallies in Shopian district and had left the venue when the IEDs were discovered.