One killed, 14 injured in IED blast outside court complex in Udhampur

Preliminary probe suggest it’s a militant act, case being investigated: DGP

One killed, 14 injured in IED blast outside court complex in Udhampur

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Jammu, March 9: One person was killed and 14 others injured after a low-intensity IED exploded outside a court complex in Udhampur district of Jammu region on Wednesday, officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said preliminary investigation suggests it to be "an act of militants but we are investigating the case".

The improvised explosive device (IED) blast took place around 1 pm in Slathia Chowk where fruit and vegetable vendors put up their carts.

DGP Singh said Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Singh had visited the blast site, along with other top police officials, a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and bomb disposal experts.

"Preliminary examination suggests a low-intensity IED explosion, but a forensic and minute scrutiny will reveal more accurate facts," he said, adding the 14 injured were now out of danger.

The DGP said militants have been planning for a long to attack the Jammu region.

"There have been numerous attempts in the past by various militant groups to hit Jammu city which have been foiled by Jammu and Kashmir Police," he said.

Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur Indu Kanwal Chib said the injured were moved to a hospital and were stable, she said.

ADGP Singh visited the injured at the hospital and spoke to them.

The injured included a woman, an eight-month-old infant, and a Rajasthan resident.

Security was beefed up in and around the town and searches were conducted in some places, officials said.

In a tweet, Union minister Jitendra Singh said, "I am in touch with DC Indu Chib on a minute to minute basis. Exact cause and origin of the blast being worked out...too early to draw any definite conclusion."

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