Terrorists planned to blow up trains in J&K, says BSF

They were carrying chained IEDs, hard-to-detect liquid explosives used to blow up tracks and cause fires, says top officer

 Army personnel stand guard at 16 Corps headquarters during the search operations following the attack. PIC/PTI
Army personnel stand guard at 16 Corps headquarters during the search operations following the attack. PIC/PTI

Jammu: The three heavily-armed terrorists killed by BSF in Samba district had infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir to carry out a chain of terror attacks by blowing up running trains and tracks with chained IEDs and hard-to-detect liquid explosives, a top force officer said yesterday.

A day after the three infiltrators were killed by the BSF, top officers said the trio was carrying five bottles of liquid explosive trinitroglycerin.

“Terrorists had infiltrated to carry out big incidents. Their design was to blow up rail tracks and trains here as we have recovered chained IEDs and liquid explosives,” Additional Director General (ADG) BSF and Special DG (Western Command) Arun Kumar said.

Apart from arms, ammunition and explosive stores, BSF recovered 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) including five liquid type IEDs and three IED waist belts, five chain IEDs from three slain terrorists along IB in Chambiliyal belt of Ramgarh sector in Samba district.

They were out to carry out a chain of big-impact terror incidents, including blowing up of “running trains” and causing fire in trains as chain IEDs and liquid explosives are meant to blow up tracks and cause fire, he said.

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