10 injured as militants trigger IED blast again in Pulwama

first_imgEight Army personnel and two civilians were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) fitted in a vehicle near an Army patrol in the militancy-hit Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said.They said the multi-vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving on the Arihal-Pulwama road when the IED was detonated, injuring the personnel travelling in a bullet-and-mine-proof Casper vehicle.The site of the IED blast is 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Major killedIn another incident, an Army officer and a militant were killed during an encounter in Anantnag.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said Major Ketan Sharma, 32, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, was injured when a search party of the security forces encircled hiding militants and came under “heavy fire” at Badoora village in Anantnag’s Achabal area in the morning.“Sharma was evacuated to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.Two other Army officials, including Major Rahul Verma, suffered injuries in the day-long exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces in Anantnag. “One militant was killed in the ongoing operation. His body was retrieved and his identity and affiliation are being ascertained,” said the police.Referring to the IED blast, Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said it was “a failed attempt” to attack the mobile vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles. “Alertness of the patrol party helped to minimise the damage,” said the spokesman.The police spokesman confirmed that six soldiers were injured in the IED blast, which inflicted severe damage on the Army vehicle.The attack on the Army vehicle comes days after Pakistan intelligence agencies reportedly shared information on the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s plans to carry out a major attack using a vehicle to “avenge” its chief Zakir Musa in Pulwama on May 24.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Maradona wants to keep coaching UAE club Al Wasl

first_imgDiego Maradona has said he would like to continue as coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl team despite the club’s announcement of his dismissal.Maradona, expected to meet with the club’s board of directors, said on Wednesday he was confident that they would be “willing” to keep him and they would “reach a good deal,” reports Xinhua quoting local media.”I would like to say that I have always wished to continue in this marvellous land that has received me so well. I am especially grateful to the sheik (Ahmed bin Rashid) for having welcomed me and given me the opportunity to coach a team from the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona said in a statement.Maradona last year signed a 4.1 million-dollar two-season contract with Al Wasl Football Club and the contract ends in 2013.But after the club ended its 12-team league season in eighth place, with no championship wins, the board, headed by Rashid, announced via Twitter it was letting Maradona go.Maradona said he had already talked with club owners about the key issue of buying talent and improving Al Wasl’s performance on the field.”In the past few days, we have been talking and trying to reach a deal on buying players, a necessary requirement for winning championships that make the club’s fans happy and make sheik Ahmed happy, too,” Maradona said.”Regretfully, the club has announced something I don’t agree with, because my wish was and is to continue coaching Al Wasl and if the club can’t buy players due to a lack of budget, there is always the possibility of talking it over with the board and finding solutions,” Maradona added.advertisementlast_img read more