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Perfume Bottle Explosive Recovered From Jammu Teacher

© Photo : Social mediaA “perfume IED”, first of its kind, recovered from a Jammu teacher
A “perfume IED”, first of its kind, recovered from a Jammu teacher - Sputnik India, 1920, 02.02.2023
Seven people were killed by militants in Jammu's Rajouri district on January 1. Three weeks later, twin blasts hit the region - injuring nine.
Police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a local school teacher in connection with the twin blasts that took place in Narwal in Jammu city, injuring nine people last month.
Authorities informed that they recovered an unusual improvised explosive device (IED) designed to pass off as a perfume bottle. The device was taken from local school teacher Arif who was arrested in the Reasi area of Jammu where he worked in a government school.
"This IED is like a perfume bottle but contains explosive material. Since the IED is new to us, experts will see how harmful and how powerful it can be," police added.
In a statement, police alleged that the suspect Arif had links to the banned Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)* and was responsible for a blast at Shastri Nagar city and another that took place in a bus carrying religious pilgrims in Katra area of Jammu state.
The officer said that Arif also had alleged ties with another militant named Qasim, who is based in Pakistan's Karachi city.

Speaking on the explosive device, Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief Dilbag Singh claimed that it was "The first of its kind (...) This is a first new approach after the terrorist used sticky bombs.”

The top cop in Kashmir also said that insurgents, which India believes are backed by Pakistan, have been attempting to revive militancy in the region, where violence "had died down over the years." Islamabad denies the allegations.
An Indian paramilitary soldier keeps guard during a gunfight at Nagrota, on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. - Sputnik India, 1920, 30.01.2023
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The anti-India militancy - which began in Kashmir valley in the late 1980s - spread across the region and even spilled out of Jammu and Kashmir to other states of India. While militancy in Kashmir remains ongoing, the Jammu division saw violence decrease massively over the years, especially in the last decade.
However, in the last year, violence in both Jammu and in Kashmir has spiked with the targeted killing of civilians and soldiers.
Singh told media in Jammu that militants plan to carry out attacks on communal and sectarian lines.
The police said three explosive devices had been delivered to Arif by a drone originating in Pakistan. Two were used in the Narwal blasts, while the third was recovered by the police, a senior police official said.
*banned in Russia