Security forces detected and defused a around three kilos improvised explosive device (IED) in Sopore sub-district of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Tuesday, officials said.
The 2-3 kilos of IED was detected by 52 Rashtriya Rifles in Tulibal area alongside state highway at around 6.30 am during sanitization of the Sopore Kupwara bypass road by the forces.
The explosive was found hidden in a freshly dugout area nearby the main road.
“Gauging the situation and keeping in mind the safety of people, traffic was immediately stopped and the area was cordoned off by security forces. Bomb disposal team was called on the site and the presence of IED was confirmed by explosive detection dog,’ a security official said.
He said the IED was diffused by the blast method by bomb disposal team in a secure and safe manner.
The traffic on the highway resumed within two hours.
“The alertness and swift action of security forces averted any kind of mishap and prevented any disruption to routine lives,” the official said