Tinsukia: A suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) bomb has been recovered along the Digboi-Pengeri road in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday, prompting senior officials from the police and the Army to rush to the spot.

The development assumes significance as it comes amid reports of Ulfa (Independent) restructuring after a few months of unilateral ceasefire, that witnessed hundreds of youths joining the banned outfit.

According to a source in the army, the suspected bomb, weighing around 5 kg and fitted with wire, switch and a circuit was planted along the Digboi Pengeri road. “Bomb disposal squad have reached the spot and are making arrangements to destroy it through a controlled blast. We can only confirm the object is a bomb once it is destroyed,” a source said.

“In all probability, it seems to be an IED bomb,” the source added.

Bomb disposal squad at the spot

In 2016, militants had ambushed a convoy of 15 Kumaon Regiment on the Digboi-Pengeri road killing three soldiers. The road is often used by armed forces.

Another source said the suspected bomb was first seen by the Village Defense Party (VDP), who informed the police. “There was a general input that Ulfa (I) may try to sabotage. However, there was nothing specific,” the source added.

The suspected bomb was yet to be destroyed at the time of filing this news report.

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