Pulwama Blast: 44 CRPF Jawans Killed in Worst-Ever Terror Attack on Forces in Valley; PM Modi Assures Revenge

Pramesh Jain

Pulwama Blast: 44 CRPF Jawans Killed in Worst-Ever Terror Attack on Forces in Valley; PM Modi Assures Revenge.
Highlights :
J&K IED blast: At least 40 CRPF personnel killed in deadliest terror attack since 2016 Uri attack.
Their sacrifices shall not go in vain’: Leaders condemn Pulwama terror attack.
World condemns deadly attack in Pulwama.
An attack more deadly than URI.
Terrorists strike back in Kashmir.
A 70 -Vehicle Army convoy was the target.
Car with I.E.D Bomb was their weapon. Worst suicide attack in the last 30 years.
Gun Battle underway between forces and terrorist in shopian sector.
Shopian police outpost attacked by terrorists.
Army launches massive search operation in jammu and Kashmir for terrorists.
Search operations carried out by Army personnel in 15 villages.
Ministry of External Affairs Rushes teams of NIA and Forensic experts to Pulwama.
NIA and Forensic experts to carry out investigation into the ghastly attack.
Arrangements being made to Airlift mortal remains of the Bravehearts.
Government of India condemns the deadliest terror attack in Pulwama through a press release.
India condemns cowardly terrorist attack on Bravehearts.
40 CRPF jawans and 2 Road opening personnel martyred in the terror attack.
Vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway.
A JAISH-e-Mohammed terrorist is said to have rammed his vehicle into the bus.
Two CRPF buses in the 70-vehicle convoy were said to have been targeted.
2500 personnel were part of the convoy.
1.What happened?
CRPF bus convoy attacked by terrorists.
Where did it happen?
The blast took place in Awantpora Pulwama district of jammu and Kashmir.
When did it happen?
At 3.15 pm on 14th February the terrorist carried out the attack.
Who was in the bus when attack took place?
39 CRPF Jawans were in the bus.
Who carried out the attack?
Pak terror group JASH-e-Mohammed claims responsibility.
How they did it?
Terrorists rammed explosive laden vehicle into the CRPF bus.
How many are Martyred?
India has lost 42 CRPF Jawans in the deadliest terror attack.
How many are injured?
Around 40 have been injured as a result of the attack.
What is the situation in jammu and Kashmir ?
Mobile internet services has been snapped in South Kashmir.
What actions are being taken?
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be heading to the attack site tomorrow.
NSA chief Ajit Doval holds emergency meeting.
Officers begin investigations.
They’re trying to establish the sequence of events.
NIA team to investigate with suitable Forensic component.
NIA to assist J&K police in investigations.
Forensic evaluation of the spot will be done by the NIA team.
In the biggest terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since the Uri Army camp strike of September 18, 2016, following which surgical strikes were conducted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, at least 44 CRPF jawans were killed on Thursday evening in Pulwama district’s Awantipora town.citing K Vijay Kumar, advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir government.The terrorists targeted a CRPF convoy, which was moving from Jammu to Srinagar and had over 70 vehicles and more than 2,500 personnel. Many others were also injured in the attack that took place on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Awantipora’s Goripora area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and said that the sacrifices of ‘brave security personnel shall not go in vain’. He later spoke to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. President Ram Nath Kovind condemned the attack. At least 40 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Awantipora, Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the worst attack on India’s armed forces since the Uri airbase attack in 2016.Banned terrorist organisation, allegedly backed by Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility.
Two buses in the CRPF convoy were targetted in a high-intensity IED blast. A Senior CRPF official told reporters, “There were 70 vehicles in the convoy and one of the vehicles came under attack. The convoy was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.”Reports suggest JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan, in a text message to Kashmiri News agency GNS, has claimed that a local fidayeen terrorist Aadil Ahmed executed the attack.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to hold a meeting at 9.15 am on Friday. Zulfiqar Hassan, IG CRPF(Operations), told mediapersons that the J&K police has taken up the investigation. “The injured have been shifted to hospital. Post-blast analysis is being done on the spot,” he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the incident “despicable” and “dastardly” and said that the “sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.”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.PM Modi also said that he has spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident.
Former chief minister and NC leader Omar Abdullah also expressed his condolences, saying the “fidayeen attack” by JeM is “reminiscent of the dark days of militancy pre 2004-05”.Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu expressed his shock at “the dastardly attack”, extending his condolences for the bereaved and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured:Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that the attack is a “cowardice & condemnable act” and stated that “terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.”Reacting to the attack, BJP President Amit Shah said “our forces will remain against such acts of terror and defeat them.”Pained beyond words by the terror attack on our soldiers in Pulwama (J&K). It is an act of cowardice. My deepest condolences are with the families of our soldiers who have lost their lives. Our forces will remain firm against such acts of terror and defeat them.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in talks with RR Bhatnagar, DG CRPF, to take stock of the situation. The Home Minister, who was scheduled to address a rally in Patna on February 15 has canceled the event and will visit Srinagar, according to reports.J&K Rajbhavan PRO issued a statement saying, “Governor Satyapal Malik observed forces responsible for the insurgency in J&K are desperate and frustrated and just want to prove their presence. Visibly, it seems to be guided from across the border as Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility.””The Governor has urged all the Security Forces Commanders to enhance surveillance on every front and directed the District and Divisional Civil and Police Administration to immediately review the security management of all important installations and establishments,” the statement read.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condemned the “cowardly attack on the CRPF convoy” and extended his condolences to the family of the deceased:Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief for the martyred jawans:Saddened that 13 CRPF jawans became martyrs today in Pulwama. We salute our brave jawans and extend our solidarity and condolences to their families. Our prayers for those injured. We wish them a speedy recovery.”I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to @narendramodi and the families of police officers who lost their lives,” Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a tweet.I Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K. Thoughts and prayers with the families of martyrs and wishing an early recovery to those injured. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil,” said President Ram Nath Kovind.
“The attack was carried out by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. A strong reply will be given and I assure the people of the country this. The country pays tribute to the brave jawans who were martyred,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh.Pulwama terror attack on CRPF convoy: Cabinet Committee on Security (CRPF) to meet at 9:15 AM tomorrow.Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli speaks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expresses condolences, concern and condemnation over Pulwama terror attack, reports . Tomorrow morning a 12 member team of NIA will go to the blast site. An IG rank officer of the NIA will lead the team.
US Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in J&K. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it,” said US Envoy to India Kenneth Juster.K Vijay Kumar, advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir government says that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would be involved in the investigations.An NIA team with a suitable forensic component is leaving tomorrow morning for Kashmir to assist the Jammu & Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who reached Thimpu, Bhutan earlier today for the annual Secretary-level talks, has decided to cut short the visit and rush back.Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over Pulwama attack.
As per details available, a terrorist identified as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus, which was part of the convoy and was reduced to a mangled heap of iron. Earlier, it was reported that the terrorists had triggered a high-intensity IED blast and followed it up with firing.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the terror attack the biggest in the restive state in the recent memory. The terror group told a local news reporters in a statement that it was a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack.
According to police sources, the suicide attack took place at around 3.15 pm and took the security personnel completely by surprise.Ambulances and security reinforcements were rushed to the attack site even as the injured were moved to hospitals. Some 10 personnel were reported to be in critical condition.CRPF officials as saying that the bus targeted in the attack was completely destroyed and another CRPF vehicle was partly damaged. “It is difficult to believe how anyone in the bus would survive,” one police officer said.
Zulfiqar Hassan, inspector general, CRPF (Operations) said:J&K Police has taken up the investigation. The injured have been shifted to a hospital. Post-blast analysis being done at the spot.”CRPF director general, RR Bhatnagar, said: “Senior officers are at the spot; investigation is underway. Injured are being taken care of. There were 2500 personnel in the convoy.”
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken the CRPF DG to review the situation. He is also expected to visit the state on Friday.Commenting of whether there were any lapses in the SOPs, officials said so many CRPF personnel were moved together in one go as the Jammu-Srinagar Highway had been shut the past two days due to bad weather. The convoy had started from Jammu at around 3.30 am.
The devastating attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, which cost 40 lives, had been preceded by what appears an intelligence failure.
Sources said the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has claimed responsibility for ramming a car full of explosives into the 78-vehicle convoy, had warned of a suicide attack in Kashmir just two days ago.
The mode of attack was indicated by a video they had uploaded online.The video showed an attack in Afghanistan, wherein an explosive-laden vehicle used.
Sources said the Criminal Investigation Department of the state police had shared the video and input about the possible attack with intelligence agencies.No action, however, had been taken about it, sources indicated.
The Scorpio loaded with more than 350 kg of explosives had targetted the convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Driving down from the facing lane, the suicide bomber had rammed a bus carrying 39 CRPF personnel.
The massive blast that followed had ripped apart the bus. Another one was partially hit. The wreckage and human remains had scattered over a 100-metre stretch.Without going into details, the government has promised action.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain”.
A more definite warning came from Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who tweeted, “Terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act”.