New Delhi: With barely two weeks to go for Republic Day, Delhi Police and sleuths of National Security Guard averted a major terror strike by defusing an RDX-based improvised explosive device (IED) through a controlled explosion at the Ghazipur flower market in east Delhi on Friday afternoon. Around 2kg of RDX explosive was packed in a solid iron casing, equipped with a commercial charge timer, and kept inside a black bag. Traces of ammonium nitrate were found on the surface of the device.
What has alarmed the intelligence agencies and the special cell is that explosives were discovered in Srinagar and Amritsar, simultaneously, indicating that a coordinated strike may have been attempted, potentially by ISI. While it was a pressure cooker IED in Srinagar, explosives and detonators were seized from a field in Amritsar.
The special cell has filed an FIR on the incident and begun a probe. Two primary lines of investigation are being followed: sleeper cells of a terror outfit being activated in the capital and involvement of Khalistani operatives. The latter stems from the recent alerts issued by various agencies.
2 MORE IEDS FOUND, NEAR PAK BORDER & IN SRINAGAR
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