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.