An improvised explosive device (IED) blast on an army patrol party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama injured nine security personnel on Monday.
The attack aimed at a multi-vehicle patrol part of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles on the Arihal-Pulwama road. The injured, who were travelling in the bullet-and-mine-proof Casper vehicle, were rushed to the hospital and are reportedly in a stable condition.
Srinagar-based defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the attack, which took place in Pulwama’s Arihal region, was a “failed attempt” and the troops are safe. The area was cordoned off and a search operation for the militants was launched.
The attack comes less than a week after militants opened fire on and hurled grenades on a CRPF patrol party at Anantnag’s KP Road, a part of the Amaranth Yatra route. Five security personnel died in the attack.
The location of blast is also 27 kilometres away from the area along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway where an attack on a CRPF convoy on 14 February killed 40 paramilitary personnel.
The Rashtriya Rifles were earlier targeted by militants in August last year in a similar attack in Pulwama, when an IED was triggered in Navpora Payeen was detonated when a Casper vehicle was passing through the area. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
With inputs from agencies
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