Three men detained over ‘sticky bomb’ explosion in Udhampur that killed one, police say

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Three men from Doda and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir have been arrested in connection with an explosion in Udhampur on March 9 which killed one person and injured 16. Police say the blast was caused by a sticky bomb.

Mohammad Ramzan Sohil of Halla Bohar Dhar in Ramban district, as well as Khurshed Ahmed of Motla Dessa and Nisar Ahmed Khan of Dhani Bhaderwah, both in Doda district, have been arrested in connection with the case, police said. They added that two sticky bombs were also seized from different locations.

Police said that during their investigation into the March 9 blast, Sohil confessed to placing a sticky bomb in Udhampur’s Slathia Chowk, allegedly on the instructions of his Pakistani handler Mohammad Amin alias Khubaib.

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The Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) for Jammu Area, Mukesh Singh, said Khubaib is currently in Pakistan. ADGP also said Sohil’s father, Mohammad Ishaq Sohil, had been a trained militant from Lashkar-e-Toiba and was killed in 2003.

For the Udhampur blast, 30,000 rupees was sent to Sohil’s bank account on March 23, Singh said, adding that the money was deposited by Khurshed Ahmed on Khubaib’s instructions.

The third person arrested in this case, Nisar Ahmed Khan, is a trained LeT activist.

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