9 soldiers suffer minor injuries in IED attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

Srinagar: Nine soldiers were hurt after militants attacked an army vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday, officials said. However, none of the soldiers was seriously injured.

Defence spokesman, Col. Rajesh Kalia said a failed attempt was made to attack a mobile vehicle patrol of 44 Rashtriya Rifles with a vehicle-based IED while the army patrol was moving in the general area of Arihal in Pulwama on Monday evening.

“Troops all safe. Few minor injuries. Reports of attack on an Army convoy are unfounded and baseless,” he added.

Police sources revealed nine troopers had suffered injuries in the blast and had been shifted to army’s base hospital in Srinagar city.

The reinforcements of security forces had reached the blast site. The area has been cordoned off and searches are in progress, officials said.

Earlier, reports said that militants exploded an IED under a Casper vehicle, extensively damaging it, as an army convoy passed through Arihal village. However, the army clarified that the damaged vehicle was not a Casper, but an Ashok Leyland Stallion truck.

Caspers are landmine proof vehicles used by the Indian Army in the militancy-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir to avoid harm to the troops during convoy movement. They usually move ahead of the convoy to thwart the threats posed by landmines.