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Pulwama terror attack: NIA begins investigation, 7 detained after raids

File photo: Security officers stand guard near the site blast in Lethpora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district some 20 kilometres from Srinagar. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 15, 2019, 06.22 PM (IST)

As many as 7 people have been detained by security forces after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) joined Jammu and Kashmir Police's probe into Pulwama terror attack on Friday. According to reports, multiple raids were conducted by security forces today. Mobile internet has been suspended in Jammu. 

Experts of anti-terror commando force the National Security Guard (NSG) and investigators of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) left for Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to join the probe into the terror attack in Pulwama in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed, news agency PTI reported. 

On Thursday, a home ministry official had said an NIA team with forensic experts was being sent to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime.

Explosive specialists of the Black Cat commando force NSG would also join in the investigation into the attack, another official had said.

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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reached the stage and paid tribute to security personnel who lost their lives in yesterday's ghastly attack.

Later in the day, Singh announced, "In the wake of suicide attack on CRPF convoy yesterday, it has been decided that the civilian movement will be stopped for sometime when a large convoy of security forces passes through an area. Civilians will face a little difficulty, we apologise for it".

"I've requested state govts to extend the maximum help they can lend to the bereaved families. I've given all the necessary directions to the officers. The morale has not taken a hit. We'll see this fight against terrorism to the end," he noted. 

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"There are some elements who are hand in glove with terror organisations, terror forces & ISI across the border. They are involved in terror conspiracies too. They are toying with the future of the people, especially the youth, of J&K," the minister added. 

Over 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district on Thursday.

More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir. 

World leaders condemned the heinous attack while in a strong reaction, India summoned Pak envoy and decided to scrap Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan

(With inputs from PTI) 

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On Thursday, a home ministry official had said an NIA team with forensic experts was being sent to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime.