5 arrested, IED recovered from Zainpora: Police

5 arrested, IED recovered from Zainpora: Police

SHOPIAN: Five people were arrested on Wednesday and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) recovered from their possession in Zainpora village here, police said.
Officials said that a special police team arrested the five persons in separate raids last night and recovered material used for making explosive devices, besides a sophisticated IED.
The arrests come two days after an army vehicle was attacked with an IED at Arihal village of neighbouring Pulwama district killing two soldiers.
The arrested persons were identified by police as Aqib Nazir Rather, son of Nazir Ahmad Rather of Awneera Shopian, Amir Nazir Wani, son of Nazir Ahmad of Durpora Shopian, Sameer Mushtaq Bhat, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Shirmal Shopian, Faisal Farooq Ahanger, son of Farooq Ahmad Ahanger, of Moolu Chitragam, Shopian and Rayees Ahmad Ganie, son of Mohd Ayoub of Molu-Dangerpora Shopian.
A senior police officer said the arrested persons were planning to target government forces by planting explosives.
“Besides material, on the disclosure of these arrested associates of militants, a sophisticated IED was also recovered from their possession thus a major tragedy was averted in the southern district,” the officer said.
A case under FIR number 39/2019 under section 16,18, 38, 39 Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act) has been registered and further investigations taken up, he said.