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Pulwama terror attack: Condemnation, condolences pour in from across India

The CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 14, 2019, 06.05 PM (IST)

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in, officials said.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for the incident, they said.

Police identified the terrorist who carried out the attack as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He joined the Jaish-Mohammed in 2018, they said.

The news of the 40 CRPF jawans being killed has sent a shockwave across the country and condemnation of the attack and condolences for the familes of the fallen jawans have poured in from across the country. 

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti called it a “gruesome terror attack” while Omar Abdullah condoled and offered prayers to the bereaved families of the soldiers killed.

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CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar said that senior officers were at the spot and the investigation was underway. “Injured are being taken care of. There were 2,500 personnel in the convoy,” Bhatnagar was quoted by news agency ANI.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that left 40 troopers dead.

"Extremely shocking... I strongly condemn the terror attack on CRPF convoy in which many casualties are feared. India must stand united in this moment of grief," he tweeted.

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"As a soldier and a citizen of India, my blood boils at the spineless and cowardly attacks. 18 brave hearts from the CRPF laid down their lives in Pulwama. I salute their selfless sacrifice & promise that every drop of our soldier's blood will be avenged," tweeted General VK Singh.

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"Shocked by the dastardly terrorist attack in which CRPF personnel were martyred. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of the injured," the tweet from the Vice President's office said.

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Describing the attack as 'cowardly', Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reacted to the audacious terror attack and offered his condolences to the family of martyrs.

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"Condemn the cowardly terror attack on our jawans in Pulwama, J&K today. Our homage to the 18 brave hearts who made the supreme sacrifice & condolences to their family. Uri, Pathankot, Pulwama- the terror list & compromise of National Security by Modi Govt continues unabated," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

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This is one of the deadliest attacks in the valley since Uri in September 2016. The attack took place at around 3.15 pm when the convoy was moving from Jammu to Srinagar, police sources said.

Story highlights

At least 40 CRPF jawans were killed Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama after a JeM terrorist rammed a vehicle laden with explosive into the bus they were travelling in.