In what is being considered as Kashmir’s worst attack on security forces, more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed during the terrorist attack carried out by Pakistan’s terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad” that has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pulwama attack is the biggest in Jammu and Kashmir’s history.
PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind condemned the ghastly terror attack and said that their sacrifices won’t go in vain. Ever since the news broke out there has been an outpouring of grief on social media. Cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag were one of the first ones who reacted to the tragedy which is being labelled as one of the deadliest terror attacks in the region.
At the wake of the terror incident, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli extended his heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers and prayers for the recovery of the ones left injured.
Apart from Kohli, the cricketing fraternity including the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan also reacted to the gruesome incident.
“I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans,” wrote Kohli on social media platform Twitter on Friday.
The attack used a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (known as VBIED) to target a CRPF bus that was part of a 70-vehicle convoy. The convoy was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and was on its way to Pulwama when a suicide bomber belonging to the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad drove an explosive-laden SUV into the bus. The SUV – a Tata Sumo – was carrying explosives weighing nearly 300 kgs and the bus had 39 jawans on board.
The bus targetted by the suicide bomber, who the Jaish-e-Mohammad identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, was completely destroyed in the attack. The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris is strewn about. A spokesperson of the banned terrorist organisation (Jaish-e-Mohammad) said “dozens of forces’ vehicles were destroyed in the attack”.