Srinagar, Jan 14: An improvised explosive device (IED) has been detected by the security forces at Maloora area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. A bomb disposal squad has been rushed to the spot and the area has been cordoned off. More details are awaited.

The detection comes a day after a 5-kg IED was defused by security forces at HMT Road on Srinagar-Baramulla highway. The information about the IED was received at 3 am. A joint team of Civil Police, 2nd Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF carried out a recce of the area and at 9 AM, with help of the dog squad, the IED was recovered and was defused at 11 AM. The IED was placed adjacent to road divider.

This is the third instance where IED has been recovered in the recent past.

Earlier this month, an IED went off in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district killing four police personnel on the spot. Three of the four slain policemen were identified as M Amin of Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi of Sopore and Irshad of Doda. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)had claimed responsibility for the attack on 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP) on January 6.