Blast in car near CRPF convoy in Jammu

A CRPF vehicle was damaged Saturday when a private car went up in flames after an explosion, apparently caused by a gas cylinder, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, said police authorities.

“Today around 1030 hrs, an explosion took place in a civil car near Banihal, J&K while CRPF convoy was on move. The car caught fire & slight damage was caused in the rear of one of the CRPF vehicle. No injuries were caused to CRPF Personnel. Incident being investigated,” reported news agency ANI.

“More visuals from Banihal, Ramban where an explosion occurred in a car. CRPF sources say ‘prima facie blast in the car seems to be a cylinder explosion, CRPF convoy was at a significant distance from explosion site, does not appear to be an attack. Investigations on,” the ANI news handle continued to say sharing visuals of the accident site.

“It has not been established whether it was a (terror) attack or not. It has also not been established why the vehicle caught fire,” Governor Satya Pal Malik told reporters in Jammu. “No explosive of sorts, but nothing can be said (at the moment).”

According to a preliminary investigation, the blast near Tethar village, seven km from Banihal town in Jammu region, occurred after one of the two gas cylinders in the Hyundai Santro model caught fire.

“The explosion appears to have been caused by a gas cylinder inside the car but this is based on preliminary examination of the car’s wreckage. There was no loss of life…The driver of the car, who was the lone occupant, appears to have escaped,” said an officer.

The incident took place near the Jawahar Tunnel — the gateway to the Kashmir valley — in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district around 10.30 am. No casualties were reported.


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