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Former cricketer Virender Sehwag condemns Pulwama attack

File photo of Virender Sehwag. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 14, 2019, 06.51 PM (IST)

A bomb blast killed around 40 jawans and injured dozens in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on Thursday after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling. 

The attack took place at around 3.15 pm when the convoy, carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, was moving from Jammu to Srinagar, police sources said. 

Former cricketer Virender Sehwag expressed grief on the incident with a hashtag #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge

He wrote on his Twitter account, "Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred." 

"No words are enough to describe the pain.  I wish a speedy recovery to those injured," Sehwag added. 

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The convoy, comprising 70 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling, was targeted in Ladoora area on the new Expressway, CRPF Director General RP Bhatnagar told ANI. 

The bus was extensively damaged in the blast which was followed by firing on the vehicle, he said. 

The cause of the blast is being ascertained, Bhatnagar added.

"We suffered damage to the vehicle and men," said a senior CRPF official. 

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) SP Pani told reporters that it was a terror incident and an investigation is being conducted to ascertain the nature of the explosion.