Tuesday, December 30, 2003

IED attack in India

An IED attack took place recently in India:

36 army men and two civilians were injured in a blast in Lawaypora on the National Highway near Srinagar.

The Army personnel were travelling on a bus when the blast took place.

According to reports, the Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which militants exploded a massive improvised explosive device.

The militants triggered the IED kept inside a roadside shop at around 10.30 am when an army convoy was passing by the Lawaypora market in Narba area of the city, said senior superintendent of police Syed Javed Mujtaba Gilani.

He said the powerful explosive device completely damaged one of the civilian buses hired by the army.

However, unofficial sources said the number of injured could be higher and some of the wounded jawans were taken to a hospital in critical condition. 5 soldiers are reported to be in a critical condition.

Militants owing allegiance to Hizbul Mujahideen called up a local news agency claimed responsibility for the attack. (With PTI inputs)

A profile for Hizbul Mujahideen can be found here.


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