JAMMU: One person was killed and 13 others were injured, including six critically injured, in an IED blast outside the district court complex in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
Official told The New Indian that the explosive was placed under a ‘rehri’ (hardcart) at Salathia Chowk near the Tehsildar office of the district.
Additional Director General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh said that initial investigation has revealed that it was a low-intensity IED blast. “More information can be shared only after detailed investigations by forensic and ballistic experts,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said that the blast was powerful.
J&K Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh recently said that terrorists might be using liquid explosives after a gap of 15 years to carry out terror attacks.
Sleuths of Special Investigation Agency collected samples that will be sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for further investigation.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who represents Udhampur in Lok Sabha, said he was in touch with the deputy commissioner of Udhampur regarding the blast.
“I am in touch with DC Indu Chib on a minute-to-minute basis. Exact cause and origin of the blast are being worked out. Too early to draw any definite conclusion,” Singh tweeted.
A similar localised blast, which partially damaged a car, triggered panic in Sanjay Nagar area of Jammu city on February 11. However, police later said that sparking in a power transformer ignited some inflammable material lying on the road which led to the loud sound.
The IED blast in Udhampur comes three days after two persons including a minor girl were killed in a grenade attack by terrorists at a busy marketplace in Srinagar city.
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