In a major terrorist attack, 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday when a terrorist attacked 2 of the CRPF vehicles from the convoy with heavy explosives. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were traveling from Jammu to Srinagar.
A bus, in which 42 CRPF personnel were traveling, was extensively damaged in the blast which was followed by firing on the vehicle. The attacker is identified as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama who joined the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2018.
This was the first suicide car bomb attack in Kashmir since the 2001 strike on the Legislative Assembly in which 41 people, including three suicide attackers, were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack and twitted that the sacrifices of the brave security personnel will not go in vain.
President Kovind too condemned the attack and assured that the entire nation is united to fight against the forces of terror and evil.
Countries from across the globe also condemned the terror attack in Pulwama, with global leaders like the US, Russia, and France affirming that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism. The US State Department said in a statement that it is “resolutely committed” to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms.