GR News Desk | Srinagar
In one of the deadliest attack in two decades, militants targetted the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Awantipora of South Kashmir on Thursday, killing over 25 and injuring others.
At least thirteen others were injured, when a CRPF bus they were travelling in came in the ambit of a suicide car bomb blast along Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district. The figures are likely to rise. Speaking to Ground Report, CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said, “the exact number of deaths and injuries in the attack are yet to be ascertained.”
According to the report from agency GNS, around 3:15 pm, militants rammed the car into the CRPF bus and triggered off an intensive blast.
Officials identified the militant, who carried out the fidayeen attack as Aadil Ahmad alias Waqas Commando of Gundi Bagh, Pulwama. The nature of the device used to cause the explosion, which occurred in Goripora area, is yet to be ascertained. The stretch on which the incident occurred was largely believed to be sanitised of militancy activities, and the authorities have termed it as a “serious breach” of security.
The officer said that fifteen CRPF men were killed in the blast and thirteen others seriously wounded were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital.
Following the blast, the traffic has been suspended on the highway as forces cordon off the entire area and launched searches.
Reacting to the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.”
Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
Reacting to the incident, former CM Mehbooba Mufti said, “Disturbing news from Awantipora, no words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack.” National Conference chief Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack.
Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura . Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 14, 2019
Meanwhile, Jaish-e-Mohammad has taken responsibility of the attack.
A forensic team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will reach Kashmir tomorrow to analyse and collect samples from the site of the attack. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also likely to visit Srinagar on Friday to take stock of the situation.
A three day mourning has been declared in the state.