Nearly 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many others injured when terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday, in what is the worst attack ever on security personnel in the state. Reports suggested that the vehicle used by the terrorists was a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.
The injured have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar, 20 km from the attack site. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.
when a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a CRPF bus near Pulwama. While there were 2,547 CRPF personnel in the 78-vehicle convoy, the bus that bore the direct impact of the explosion was transporting 37 troops.
Officials said they were struggling to count the dead as the bodies had been mutilated beyond recognition by the explosion.