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Pulwama Blast: 44 Jawans Killed in Lone Wolf Attack by Jaish Militant, PM Says Sacrifices Won’t go in Vain

The incident is a grim reminder of the dastardly terror attack at the Army base camp in Uri in Kashmir where 18 jawans were killed.

Updated: February 14, 2019 11:57 PM IST

By News Desk

Pulwama Blast: 44 Jawans Killed in Lone Wolf Attack by Jaish Militant, PM Says Sacrifices Won't go in Vain
Pulwama Blast (ANI)

Srinagar: At least 44 CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in. The casualties are likely to go up.

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The blast took place when the bus was travelling through Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area.

Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed the responsibility for the terror attack, in a text message to Kashmiri News Agency GNS.

As per reports, nearly 2,500 jawans were part of the CRPF contingent which was moving from Jammu to Srinagar.

According to reports, the blast reportedly took place around 3:40 PM.

According to news agency ANI, gunshots were reported from the area after the blast took place. The area has been cordoned off and a massive search operation is underway.

“Terrible news coming from the valley. A number of CRPF soldiers are reported to have been killed & injured in an IED blast. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. My prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the bereaved,” Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said.

Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura . Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?,” she said.

This attack is being said to be the worst attack on security personnel after the infamous Uri attack which took place in September 2016. Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir killing 18 jawans.

Nearly 10 days after militants attacked the Army base camp in Uri that left 18 jawans dead on September 18, 2016, India carried out surgical strikes in PoK, killing around 40 terrorists and seven terror launch pads.

Live Updates

  • 11:30 PM IST
    Sheikh Hasina on Pulwama Terror Attack:

    At this sad moment, we stand by the people and govt of India. We offer was condolences to the members of the families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are speedy recovery of those who got injured

    Bangladesh remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities. We would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate menace of terrorism
  • 10:33 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries has announced a peaceful Jammu Bandh tomorrow (February 15) as a protest against the killing of CRPF Jawans in Pulwama

  • 10:32 PM IST

    India Slams Pakistan For Providing Safe Haven to Masood Azhar

    “This heinous and despicable act has been perpetrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based and supported terrorist organisation proscribed by the United Nations and other countries. This terror group is led by the international terrorist Masood Azhar, who has been given full freedom by Government of Pakistan to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity.

    The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard national security. We are equally resolved to fight against the menace of terrorism. We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory and dismantle the infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries.

    We strongly reiterate our appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM Chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan.

    We express our sincere condolences to the family members of our fearless security personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice.”

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: Strongly condemn the suicide terrorist attack on the convoy carrying Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir today. I extend my prayers and condolences to the bereaved families of the dead and injured, says Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: Shocked & saddened to hear of the terror attack in Kashmir. We strongly condemn this heinous attack & express our solidarity with families of victims,&people&Govt of India. Hope perpetrators will be brought to justice, says Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji

  • 10:08 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: We denounce terrorism in all its forms and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards. We express condolences to families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to injured, says Embassy of Russian Federation

  • 9:30 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: According to Zee News sources, the death toll in the attack has risen to 44.

  • 9:23 PM IST

    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: Mobile internet services have been snapped in the whole of South Kashmir and speed slowed to 2G in Srinagar district

  • 9:23 PM IST

  • 8:48 PM IST
    Pulwama Blast Latest Updates: Cabinet Committee on Security to meet at 9:15 AM tomorrow

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Published Date: February 14, 2019 4:05 PM IST

Updated Date: February 14, 2019 11:57 PM IST