The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir witnessed its deadliest terrorist attack in two decades that left at least 40 CRPF personnel dead and several others injured. According to reports coming in, an explosive laden Scorpio SUV was used to ram into a convoy of the paramilitary soldiers while they were passing through Pulwama district, 30 Kms from Srinagar.
So severe has been the blast that the bus the soldiers were travelling in was reduced to a heap of mangled iron. Terror organization Jaish-e Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the terror act. J&K police investigating the attack identified the driver of the SUV as Adil Ahmad who also hails from the Kakapora region of Pulwama. Police claim Ahmad was a new recruit and had joined JeM only in 2018.
The incident occurred when about 2,500 personnel were travelling in a large convoy of 78 vehicles. Many of the soldiers were returning from leave to report to their duty in the valley. The incident occurred at Latoomode in Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. It’s also been several years that a car bomb blast occurred in the state.
The attack also comes at a time when the security forces were on a high following a series of successful anti-terrorist operations. Several big-name terrorists too were eliminated in the last few years. Many have claimed the latest attack to be bigger than the one on the Uri military camp that had prompted Modi govt. to go for a surgical strike deep inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir region.
Prime Minister Modi has stated the sacrifice of the soldiers won’t go in vain while condemning the attack. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too has warned the terrorists will be given an ‘unforgettable lesson for their heinous act’. Leaders of all political parties have condemned the act.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit the state tomorrow to take stock of the situation. Security of all vital installations across the state has already been enhanced while investigations are already on in full swing.