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Army carrying out changes to keep IED attacks at bay: GOC Northern Command

Army on Sunday said that it was carrying out a large number of “changes and modifications” to keep at bay the attempts by militants to carry out to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against the forces.

“IEDs is only a method by which the (militants) carry out destruction of the security forces or of the government agencies, otherwise they have to come face to face in combat with the security forces. So when they want to carry out stand-off attacks, they like to put an IED and escape from there, so this is one of the methods’,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) northern command Ranbir Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function in connection with Kargil war anniversary.

He continued: “But as far as our strategy is concerned whichever method the (militants) use, our operations are aimed at neutralising all types of (militants). So our operations are continuing relentlessly based on the information we keep on receiving.”

At the same time, he said Army was carrying out a large number of other “changes and modifications” which include bringing in certain new counter IED equipments and training troops. “We also have bomb disposal squads, we have dogs trained to be able to detect IEDs and large number of other measures.”

He said all “gaps along the LoC have been plugged and the Indian Army is fully trained and equipped to take on any challenge, any contingency that may arise.”

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