Forty-eight hours after the Pulwama attack, a Major-rank Army officer was on Saturday killed and a soldier while defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri.

The IED was reportedly planted 1.5 km inside the Line of Control in the Naushera sector by intruders of Pakistan Army.

The officer suffered grievous injuries when the IED exploded while they were trying to defuse it in the Lam sector. He and the injured soldier were rushed to the medical facility but the officer succumbed to his wounds.

Reports said that a team led by the officer had gone to the spot following inputs of earth having been dug near the LoC, but the IED buried there exploded while the team was checking the area.

The officer is from the Corps of Engineers.

This comes just two days after at least 44 security personnel were killed and over 45 others severely wounded in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

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The incident comes on a day when India pays tribute to the bravehearts as they make their final journey.

Huge crowds gathered to pay homage to the soldiers amid emotional moments, with anti-Pakistan slogans renting the air.

A suicide bomber had rammed an SUV carrying 350 kg of explosives into a bus carrying the CRPF troopers in the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the attack.