Nearly 50 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir. The death toll is feared to be raised. Dreaded terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports suggested that the vehicle used by the terrorists was a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.
The injured soldiers 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. IED blast was followed by gunshots in Goripora area of Awantipora. The incident took place when some 2,547 CRPF personnel were coming in a convoy of 78 vehicles from the transit camp in Jammu and headed to Srinagar. Police sources said that a suicide attacker rammed his vehicle around 3.15 p.m., taking the security forces completely by surprise. An earlier report said an improvised explosive device (IED) was exploded and then militants fired at the convoy.
This coward attack has been condemned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Working President Rahul Gandhi and several national and state level leaders. Politicial analyst and media are seeing this attack as a blow to the ruling BJP ahead of the upcoming general elections.
This was the first suicide car bomb strike in Kashmir since the 2001 attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly that left 41 persons, including three suicide attackers, dead.