Army major martyred in another IED blast in J&K’s Rajouri sector

Jammu: Days after a terror attack on CRPF convoy in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, an army officer was killed while defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by the terrorists in the Naushera sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control on Saturday.

The Major-rank army officer was from the Corps of Engineers, as per reports.

The explosive had been planted by intruders from Pakistan about 1.5 kilometres inside the Line of Control.

Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said the explosion that killed the Major-rank officer took place around 3 pm.

As per reports, the officer and soldier, who were out on patrol, had spotted freshly-dug soil on the dirt track.

They were checking the spot when blast took place which caused the death of officer and injured a soldier, media reports stated quoting sources.

The improvised explosive device appears to have been planted recently by elements from across the Line of Control, sources said.

They said this was a common modus operandi adopted by Pakistan-based terrorists to target Indian security forces deployed along the border.

On Thursday afternoon, a suicide bomber detonated a car-load of explosives next to a large convoy of 78 CRPF buses with over 2,500 personnel travelling on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar. The attack was immediately claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Following the attack, the government decided to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan and withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to the country. On Thursday evening, New Delhi urged the international community to back the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as a “UN designated terrorist”; the Pakistan-based terror outfit has claimed the attack.

The US has also asked Pakistan to “immediately end support and safe haven to all terrorist groups”.