52 kg explosives recovered by Army near J&K highway, major tragedy averted

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About 52 kilograms of explosives were found at a spot very close to the Jammu and Kashmir highway by the Indian Army averting a major Pulwama-style attack. Sources told the media that the site where the explosives were recovered was near the site of last year’s strike in which over 40 soldiers were killed.

According to an Army statement, a joint search operation at 8 AM on Thursday at “the Karewa area of Gadikal” revealed a Syntex tank that was buried in an orchard. Around 52 kilograms of explosives were found in that water tank. There were 416 packets of explosives with 125 gm in each.

More searches led to another such tank with 50 detonators, the Army said.

The explosive is called “Super 90”, according to officers.

The spot where the explosives were found is very close to the highway and 9 KM from the 2019 Pulwama attack site.

On February 14 last year, over 40 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a security convoy. Some 35 kg of RDX plastic explosives were used in the attack, in addition to gelatin sticks.

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