There have been intellegence inputs about possible terrorist activity in North Kashmir’s Kupwara along with Pulwama and Shopian in South Kashmir.
A jawan manning a BSF picket in J&K’s Ganderbal after it was attacked on May 20 (Photo Credits: PTI)
Kashmir valley remains on high alert after security forces prevented a Pulwama-like attack on Thursday and intelligence input hinted at threat to a “high-value target”.
Security forces believe that terror groups have been desperate to create mayhem in the Kashmir valley since the abrogation of Article 370. Addressing media outlets on Thursday, Inspector General (IG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Vijay Kumar said, “The danger is not yet over, and we are looking for another module.”
Chatter about a vehicle-borne IED attack has been on intelligence agencies’ radar for the past one week, sources told India Today, adding that there have been specific inputs about possible terrorist activity in North Kashmir’s Kupwara along with Pulwama and Shopian in South Kashmir.
According to sources, four vehicles were being prepared for a Pulwama-like attack. In the past few encounters, the recovery of explosives from slain terrorists had hinted at a similar plan in the offing. The most vital input led to the recovery of an IED-laden vehicle. A senior officer said that terrorists will try to use explosives to target security forces in the coming days.
The J&K Police has been on its toes since Wednesday morning after inputs hinted at a Pulwama-like terror plot in the valley. Sources also told India Today that a local sub-inspector secured a tip about the “movement of the car”. This led to the identification of Adil, a militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen with connections to Jaish-e-Mohammed. The involvement of a Pakistani commander of Jaish in the conspiracy is also being probed.
Preliminary information has led investigators to believe that the target of this attack was a vehicle of the security forces and nitric salt, ammonium nitrate and nitro-glycerine were used to make the explosive for the job, along with small amounts of RDX. The debris of the car was seen exploding 50 meters up in the air, suggesting that about 40-50 kilograms of explosives may have been used.
Security forces have now intensified cordon and search operations (CASO) in the Kashmir Valley.