Srinagar: At least 44 CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured (around 40 so far) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Also Read - US Welcomes Steps Taken To Return J&K To Full Economic And Political Normalcy
Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet, “Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
“Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama,” Prime Minister added. Also Read - Arrival Of 'Sticky Bombs' Sets Off Alarm Bells In Jammu And Kashmir | All You Need To Know
Here is All We Know:
- Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed the responsibility for the terror attack, in a text message to Kashmiri News Agency GNS.
- The vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, a police official said.
- According to reports, the blast reportedly took place around 3:40 PM.
- As per reports, nearly 2,500 jawans were part of the CRPF contingent which was moving from Jammu to Srinagar.
- Police identified the terrorist as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He joined the Jaish-Mohammed in 2018, they said.
- 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.
- Several people were injured in the terror attack, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron. Body parts were strewn around the area.
- There were 70 vehicles in the convoy and one of the vehicles came under attack. The convoy was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar, reported news agency ANI.
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir in view of the terror attack in Pulwama’s Awantipora area.
- 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.
- According to Zee News sources, the terrorists who carried out the attack were trained by the ISI in PoK few days ago.
- Tomorrow morning a 12 member team of NIA will go to the blast site. An IG rank officer of the NIA will lead the team.