Today, at least 18 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and over 40 injured after terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district
Thirteen CRPF was in a critical condition and have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar. Terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The official said that terrorists triggered the car bomb while the convoy of over 70 CRPF vehicles was plying through the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Goripora area. One of the vehicles bore the brunt of the explosion.
After the attack, the Union Minister General VK Singh tweeted “As a soldier and a citizen of India, my blood boils at the spineless and cowardly attacks. Eighteen Bravehearts from @crpfindia laid down their lives in #Pulwama. I salute their selfless sacrifice & promise that every drop of our soldier’s blood will be avenged,” he tweeted. The home ministry has termed it as a “possible suicide attack”, but there is no confirmation on the exact manner in which the terror strike was executed.”
CRPF Director General Vijay Kumar told the reporter that the convoy was carrying at least 2,500 personnel.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he was deeply disturbed by the “cowardly attack” on the CRPF convoy. “My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar tweeted condemned the manner in which terrorism had brought the Valley to its knees. “Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura. Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?”
Several politicians, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, also posted their condolences on the social media.