Security forces averted a major tragedy on Saturday by detecting and destroying an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The IED, weighing around 18 kg, was fitted with two gas cylinders in the Astango area of ​​the northern district of Kashmir, they said.

Srinagar-based Public Relations (Defence) Officer Col. Emron Musavi said based on intelligence received from the police and corroborated by the military, a joint operation was launched in the early hours of Saturday.

”Search teams were immediately deployed and a 300 meter radius area was cordoned off. The IED was detected around 8:35 a.m., he said.

A demining team neutralized the IED, which was found near the Bandipora-Sopore road, without any collateral damage, he said.

The Bandipora-Sopore highway is an important communication route for civilian traffic as well as army and CAPF convoys.

”#Chinarwarriors & @JmuKmrPolice averted a major terrorist attack today by recovering and destroying an 18kg #IED in situ in Astangoo, #Bandipora. #IndianArmy upholds its commitment to keep terror in #Kashmir free,” Chinar Corps of the Army wrote on Twitter.

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