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Pulwama terror attack: Death toll of CRPF jawans reached at least 40, leaving more than 20 Injured

Pulwama terror attack: Death toll of CRPF jawans reached at least 40: The Death toll of CRPF jawans attacked in Pulwama on Thursday reached around 43. The attack left more than 20 others CRPF jawans injured who are in serious condition. The explosion was initiated by militants to target two vehicles which were carrying the CRPF jawans.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack
  • The terrorist driving a suicide vehicle was Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama
  • The bus was blown up on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district

The occurrence took place at Lethpora, which is around 30 km away from Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The incident took place around 3.15 pm on Thursday. The spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir police has confirmed that it was an improvised explosive device (IED) blast. The blast was followed by gunshots targeted at the security militaries in Pulwama district of the state.

K Vijay Kumar who is the advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor, said, “Death toll in the Pulwama attack is around 40”. He further added it might get go up.

As per the reports, a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist run into an explosive loaded vehicle into the bus in which the CRPF jawans were travelling in. The vehicle becoming the main effect of the blast belonged to 76 battalion of the CRPF.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack on the CRPF convoy and took the twitter as a medium to express his grief and emotions. He tweeted “Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. 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”.

As per the lists of travellers there were about 39 recruits who were travelling in the bus. The IED explosion compact the bus to a distorted mass of iron and body parts may perhaps be seen scattered around the area, as per the report.

CRPF (Operations) Inspector General Zulfiqar Hassan said, “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”. He further added that the Jammu and Kashmir police have taken over the inquiry into the terror attack.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also reacted on the attack and tweeted, “I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which 10 of our brave men have been martyred and many others wounded. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

A Militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad call for the total charge for the blast and said it was a fidayeen attack conceded out by a local young man. The Jammu and Kashmir police acknowledged the terrorist as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama who joined the Jaish-Mohammed in the year 2018.

Union minister Arun Jaitley also expressed his grief along with promising an unforgettable lesson to the militants for the terror attack. He said, “Attack on CRPF in #Pulwama, J&K is a cowardice & condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyred soldiers and we all stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.”

As per the report, the IED was placed in a vehicle in which the CRPF personnel were travelling, which was parked on the national highway. The security forces have begun a search operation.

PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by condemneding the terror attack in Pulwama said, “No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama (J&K). I strongly condemn the terror attack on CRPF convoy in which many casualties are feared. India must stand united in this moment of grief”.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is observing the circumstances in Kashmir post-Pulwama attack. The officials of Senior CRPF are briefing him on the state of condition.