New Delhi: A huge amount of RDX explosive was used to carry out an attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus in Pulwama on Thursday, a report quoting National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials claimed. At least 40 jawans were killed in the incident as a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant Adil Ahmad Dar rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus of the CRPF convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district at around 3:15 PM.Also Read - 4 Suspected Drones Spotted in J&K's Samba
The NDA Government has convened an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the Pulwama terror attack. The meeting, convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, would be held at 11 AM. Singh had flown to J&K on Friday to assess the security situation in the wake of one of the deadliest terror attacks in the state. The agenda would be to seek consensus on the nation’s future course of action. Also Read - Major Crackdown: No Passport Security Clearance & Govt Jobs to Stone Pelters in J&K
Thursday’s attack was one of the deadliest in three decades. Not only it claimed so many innocent lives but also brought back RDX as a weapon of destruction. The explosive was last used by the terrorists in 2008 Assam terror attacks. (ALSO READ – UNSC Ban on JeM Chief Masood Azhar Likely? India, US to Hold Talks Soon Over Pulwama Attack) Also Read - Pulwama Attack Conspirator & JeM Chief Masood Azhar's Kin Killed in J&K Encounter
As per media reports, the planning of Pulwama terror attack was being done since long and the RDX was being brought from across the border for the same in small quantities.
Meanwhile, the exact amount of RDX used in the attack has not been ascertained yet. The NIA team which reached Srinagar on Friday is probing the matter. The officials have reportedly revealed that the vehicle used in the attack was a local one and had a J&K number plate.
Backing India, US National Security Adviser John Bolton has reportedly told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that America supports India’s right to self-defense. Bolton telephoned Doval on Friday morning to express his condolences for the Pulwama terror attack and offered the US’ full support to India in confronting terrorism.
On Friday, the CRPF in a stern message vowed to avenge the terror attack in Awantipora. “WE WILL NOT FORGET, WE WILL NOT FORGIVE:We salute our martyrs of Pulwama attack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged,” the CRPF posted on Twitter.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans killed in Pulwama terror attack were returning from leave, a media report claimed quoting CRPF spokesperson Ashish Kumar Jha. He also claimed that the attack was carried out nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar.