Delhi: IED recovered from unattended bag found in Ghazipur’s flower market, detonated

While the bomb was defused by the security officials, the incident sparked off a major security threat ahead of the Republic Day and assembly elections in five states.

While the bomb was defused by the security officials, the incident sparked off a major security threat ahead of the Republic Day and assembly elections in five states.

A major mishap was averted today as Delhi Police recovered an IED from an unattended bag in East Delhi’s Ghazipur Flower Market. The area was vacated following the recovery of the bag. While the bomb was defused by the security officials, the incident sparked off a major security threat ahead of the Republic Day and assembly elections in five states.

The National Security Guard, along with the bomb squad, defused the bomb through controlled explosion in an abandoned area. “A bomb disposal squad of National Security Guard has defused the IED recovered from Ghazipur. Samples of the IED have been collected; team to submit a report on the chemical component used to assemble the explosive,” the NSG said.

It later said that the Bomb Disposal Squad of NSG “prima facie finds chemical compounds like RDX and Ammonium Nitrate in the manufacture of IED recovered from Ghazipur.”

Earlier, the police said they have rushed a bomb disposal squad to Ghazipur Flower Market following the recovery of the bag. Fire engines were also rushed to the site. The NSG was also present at the site.

The police received the information about the unattended bag containing the bomb through a PCR call at around 10:00 am this morning.

The man who left the bag went to the market on a scooter, ostensibly to buy flowers from one shop. The bag was spotted by other customers later and the flower seller called the police.

Following the recovery of the IED, the Delhi Police said a case is being registered in the Delhi Police Special Cell under provisions of the Explosive Act.

The bomb scare in the national capital comes just days ahead of the Republic Day ceremonies in the national capital and the assembly polls scheduled to be held across five states in next two months.

After getting inputs from multiple agencies on a suspected terror attack, security forces have issued a detailed alert for officers and troops deployed in five poll-bound states and for Republic Day ceremonies in the capital and other parts of the country. Reports suggest that terrorists may be planning attacks or explosions to target high-profile leaders and security forces campuses, apart from crowded places and markets.

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