7 Soldiers Injured In IED Blast In Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama Claimed By Jaish-e-Mohammed

| October 19 , 2018 , 10:02 IST

At least 7 army men were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at the Trichal village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night, police said. Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.

A JeM spokesman in a statement to local news agency GNS claimed that 3 Indian army men were killed apart from the 7 injured.

“Three army men were killed and seven others sustained injuries. Army's mobile bunker vehicle was completely damaged in the blast,” said the JeM spokesman.

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According to a police official, around 9:50 PM militants blasted an IED planted under a bridge on the Trichal-Lassipora road while an armoured Casper vehicle of 55 RR was crossing the bridge, resulting in the injuries to the 7 soldiers.

The police official added, that “initial reports reveal that the vehicle has suffered extensive damage.”

After the blasts were triggered, militants fired on the vehicle and the fire was returned by the security forces. The injured army men were immediately rushed to the Army's 92 base hospital in Srinagar.

Intelligence inputs in June revealed that Pakistan is planning to infiltrate around 450 new recruits of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant groups into India to carry out major attacks. The new recruits have been trained by Pakistan's elite special forces the Special Service Group (SSG) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

From the 450 militants, most belong to JeM and have been trained in Nyali by the Pakistani Army while 61 LeT recruits have been trained exclusively by the SSC in Jura to be a part of the Border Action Team.

Pakistan has been facing flak at an international level for providing a safe haven for terrorists on its soil, include terrorists active in Afghanistan.