Car Blast Near Army Convoy In Banihal ;Terror Link Suspected



Car Blast Near Army Convoy In Banihal ;Terror Link Suspected

The first impressions around the incident related to The February 14 Pulwama Attack on a CRPF Convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir. The responsibility of the incident was soon claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohommad. India lost 44 of its brave jawans in the Pulwama attack.

Banihal, Jammu, Saturday, March 30, 2019 —

A white coloured Hyundai Santro car blasted on the Jammu-Srinagar highway this morning. The incident occurred in Ramban near the Jawahar Tunnel where a Central Reserve Police Force convoy was passing by. The car’s cylinder caught fire apparently which led to the blast in the car.

The first impressions around the incident related to The February 14 Pulwama Attack on a CRPF Convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir. The responsibility of the incident was soon claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohommad. India lost 44 of its brave jawans in the Pulwama attack.

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According to a preliminary investigation, the blast near Tethar village, 7 km from Banihal town in Jammu region, occurred after one of the two gas cylinders in the Hyundai Santro model caught fire.

No casualties have yet been reported from the incident. Banihal sub-divisional police officer Sajad Sarwar said the vehicle, which was on the way to Jammu from Srinagar was completely gutted in the fire.

A CRPF vehicle, which was passing through the highway at the time of the incident, suffered slight damages in the rear side, but all the personnel on board escaped unhurt, Sarwar said. Around 10 vehicles were reported to be part of the convoy.

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“Another gas cylinder was found lying near the vehicle but no explosive substance was found,” the officer said but did not rule out a terror angle.

The driver of the private car allegedly fled the scene when his car caught fire. He is yet to be traced. The question arises why did he escape if this was just an accident and not a terrorist attack.

Exhaustive investigations are underway. The police officials had immediately rushed to the scene. They have started the investigations and forensic experts have also been summoned for the investigation.

“It has not been established whether it was a (terror) attack or not. It has also not been established why the vehicle caught fire,” Governor Satya Pal Malik told reporters in Jammu. “No explosive of sorts, but nothing can be said (at the moment). Efforts are also on to identify the driver of the vehicle for questioning,” he said.

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(Inputs From PTI)