IED blast in Pulwama, 9 soldiers injured, 3 critical

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SRINAGAR: At least nine army men have been wounded in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Aarihal village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening, reports said.

Incidentally, the blast came two  days after Pakistan was said to have shared information regarding the threat of a possible attack in Pulwama district, probably near Awantipora, a newspaper report had said.

A police official said that at around 6:00 pm militants triggered an IED planted on the roadside at Aarihal when a vehicle of 44 RR was passing. Soldiers on the vehicle have been injured, some of them critically.
After the blast, militants are said to have fired upon the vehicle. “The vehicle had suffered extensive damage,” an official added.

The injured security personnel have been   rushed to Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar.

Additional reinforcements of the army, police and SOG have been rushed to the spot and a massive search operation has been launched  to nab the attackers.