Srinagar, May 29: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday identified the  owner of the explosives-laden car that was intercepted by forces in south Kashmir district on Thursday. According to Police, the owner has been identitied as Hidayatullah Malik. He is a resident of Shopian and had joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 2019, Jammu and Kashmir Police said. The car was spotted approaching a check post when it was signalled to stop. However, the driver turned the car in a different direction and fled from the scene.

On Thursday, the J&K police averted a 2019 Pulwama-type attack when they seized a car laden with about 45 kg of explosives in the south Kashmir district. Soon after, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar held a press conference and informed there were intelligence inputs about plans of banned Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed terror groups to repeat an attack similar to February 14 strike on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama last year in which  40 personnel had lost their lives. J&K Police Averts Pulwama-Like Terror Attack in Kashmir; JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen Behind Failed Operation, Says IG Vijay Kumar.

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Kumar further said that police had intelligence inputs for past one week the two terrorist groups had plans to launch a big strike in the Valley. He added that the officials knew that a suicide bomber and car bomb would be used to target security forces. Based on these inputs, checkposts were placed in Pulwama by the security forces on Wednesday.

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