Suspected IED planted in tiffin box seized in Rajouri

RAJOURI — A suspected improvised explosive device (IED), planted in a tiffin box, was seized in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Mohammad Aslam said the object was found from an open field in the town’s Kheora locality in the afternoon.

The area was immediately cordoned off. Bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs were pressed into service and the material was seized, the officer said, adding that further investigation is on.

Officials said security forces have launched a search operation in the town and checking has also been intensified following the seizure of the IED-like object.

Police and other security forces are on high alert in the district following two militant strikes earlier this month that left seven people dead and 14 injured.

While five people were killed in militant firing in Dhangri village on January 1, two children lost their lives in an IED blast the next day outside the house of one of the firing victims. — (PTI)