New Delhi: A major was killed and a soldier suffered injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri’s Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the Army major lost his life while defusing an IED, planted by terrorists, 1.5 kms inside the LoC. The officer is from the Corps of Engineers. Also Read - WTC Final IND vs NZ 2021: India Might Drop One Spinner From Playing XI, Suggests Sunil Gavaskar
The incident comes two days after the deadly Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel. On Thursday, February 14, the jawans were returning from leave to resume their duty, when a suicide bomber belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus. Also Read - IND vs NZ WTC Final: Rohit Sharma Opens up on Battle Against Trent Boult
The vehicle was blown up at around 3:15 PM on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar. Also Read - WTC Final: For us, It's Not 'The Final Frontier', Says Virat Kohli
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval among others.
Meanwhile, an all-party meeting convened by the NDA government also concluded in the day with the passing of a resolution that strongly condemned the dastardly act. The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Without naming Pakistan, the resolution asserted,”India has during the past three decades faced the menace of cross border terrorism. Of late, terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by the forces across the border. India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges. The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. Today, we stand united in solidarity with our security forces in fighting terrorism and in defending the unity and integrity of India.”