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A five-kilogram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered and diffused in Shalteng area here on Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Saturday, officials said.

CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said that a patrolling party of 44 battalion CRPF and 2 RR of army found a suspicious object near Noora Hospital on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. “On Friday evening, an input was received that an IED was being placed somewhere on the stretch after which patrolling was intensified,” he said.

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Yadav said that once the suspicious objected was found, a bomb disposal squad from Pattan reached the spot and found that it was a 5-kg powerful IED. “The BDS later diffused the IED,” he said. He said that during the course of action, traffic on the highway was suspended for some time.