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IED found planted at culvert

THOUBAL | Oct 3 : A powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found planted by unknown miscreants as a booby trap at a culvert located in a paddy field of Wangjing –Lamding Loukon under Khongjom Police Station, Thoubal district.

The culvert has been constructed above the irrigation canal which connects Khongjom from Elangbam Leikai. The spot lies at distance of 50 metres towards west from Wangjing Uningkhong area of NH 102, Imphal – Moreh highway.

Sources said the bomb was discovered by a team of road opening party, 26 AR, Phundrei in the morning around 10 am when they came to take rest as usual above the culvert. The bomb was made of an aluminium pot packed with explosive materials and shrapnels. A wire was also found stretched to a distance of 500 metres.

After using bomb sniffer dogs of AR, to confirm that the object was indeed an explosive device, bomb diffusal squad from Imphal were brought in to defuse the IED.

The bomb weighing around five kilograms, had all kinds of shrapnel, explosive materials and a detonator etc. when it was dismantled. The parts which could not be dismantled, were safely exploded at around 2:09 pm.

Immediately upon receiving information, a team led by additional SP (ops), S. Sachidananda rushed to the spot to investigate the matter. As the BDS team were diffusing the bomb, the roadway was blocked by the police as a safety measure and civilians were not allowed to pass until the operation was over.

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