40 CRPF Jawan killed in Pulwama by the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group
On Thursday afternoon, the 54 Batallion of CRPF was targeted
by the terrorists as their vehicle was attacked with an IED blast in the
Awantipora area of the Pulwama district on the Srinagar highway. The incident
took place when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying
over 100 kg of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF jawans in Pulwama district
that also left many critically wounded, officials said.
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 around 3.15 pm.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the
fidayeen attack (suicide attack) on CRPF convoy. A JeM spokesperson Muhammad
Hassan, in a statement issued to news agency, said: “Dozens of forces’ vehicles
were destroyed in the attack”. The spokesperson identified the driver (of JeM)
who carried out the fidayeen attack as Aadil Ahmad alias Waqas, Commando of
Gundi Bagh, Pulwama, as per the report.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reacted strongly over the
death of 40 CRPF jawans in a suicide attack on their convoy in Jammu and
Kashmir’s Pulwama. “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 said in his tweet. The prime minister said he has spoken to Home
Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials to take stock of the situation
following the dastardly terror attack.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet extended his
condolences to the families of the martyrs as the attack “deeply disturbed”
him. “I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a CRPF convoy in J&K
in which 10 of our brave men have been martyred and many others wounded. My
condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of
the injured,” Gandhi said.
Moments after the incident, general secretary of the
Congress in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi in a notification
said she “understands the pain of losing loved ones in the family”, adding that
India stands shoulder-to-shoulder.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also took to Twitter to
express grief over the attack on CRPF soldiers. “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 vice president said.
Former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti
and Omar Abdullah on Thursday, 14 February condemned the incident and extended
their condolences to the bereaved families. Mufti described it as a “gruesome
terror attack” while Abdullah condoled and offered prayers to the bereaved
families of the soldiers killed.
Condemning the attack, Union Minister Arun Jaitley expressed
anger and said “Terrorists will be given an unforgettable lesson for their
heinous act.” “Attack on CRPF in Pulwama, J&K is cowardice & a
condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyred soldiers and we all
stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for speedy recovery of the
injured,” Jaitley said on Twitter.
In a series of Tweets, Home Minister Rajnath Singh condoled
the death of the CRPF soldiers and announced he will visit the affected area on
Friday, 15 February. “Today’s dastardly attack on CRPF in Pulwama (J&K) is
extremely painful and disturbing. I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has
sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of
the injured,” Singh said.
“Home Ministry also spoke to the Governor of Jammu and
Kashmir, DG CRPF and the Home Secretary regarding the Pulwama attack. They have
apprised him of the situation. HM has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bihar
tomorrow. MHA is closely monitoring the situation,” he added.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina: At this sad moment, we stand by
the people and govt of India. We offer was condolences to the members of the
families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are speedy recovery
of those who got injured.