IED blast during patrolling by securitymen

Shillong: A huge IED went off on the side of a road on Friday when security forces were on a patrol in the area in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills district but no one was injured.

"A huge blast took place on the side of a road while the police team were on patrol in Nongalbibra area in Baghmara police station," DGP N Ramachandran told PTI.

"Nobody was injured in the blast which took place during midday. Immediately, security personnel searched and raided the area but no one was arrested so far," he said.

The police said recovery of batteries, wires, iron pieces and pellets from the site of the explosion indicated that the device was country-made.

"Since Garo Hills-based terrorist group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is active in the area, so they are the primary suspects," Ramachandran said.

GNLA, which is involved in terror activities in three Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya, was deemed a terror group by the Centre last month.

Meghalaya Police SWAT commandos, CRPF's elite CoBRA force and BSF troops are engaged in counter insurgency operations in Garo Hills.