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Pulwama attack updates: Internet services snapped in south Kashmir; Cabinet Committee on Security to meet tomorrow

Pulwama attack LIVE updates: The mobile internet services have been snapped in the whole of South Kashmir and speed has been slowed to 2G in Srinagar district.

FP Staff February 14, 2019 21:21:49 IST
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Pulwama attack updates: Internet services snapped in south Kashmir; Cabinet Committee on Security to meet tomorrow
  • Militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district

  • A CRPF official said that there were over 70 vehicles in the convoy and one of the vehicles came under attack

  • Condemning the attack, Narendra Modi said the sacrifices of the security personnel 'shall not go in vain'

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18:56 (ist)

Internet services to be blocked in Pulwama, 3 other districts

According to reports, in wake of the attack, internet services will be blocked in Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, and Kulgam.

18:44 (ist)

NSA monitoring situation after attack

According to ANI, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is monitoring the situation in Kashmir in view of the Pulwama attack. Senior CRPF officials are currently briefing him about the developments.

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Feb 14, 2019 - 21:45 (IST)
Jammu-Srinagar Highway has seen several terror attacks on security forces
 
The scene of Thursday's incident is not very far from the Commando Training Centre at Lethpora, which was stormed by Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on 31 December, 2017, killing five CRPF personnel.
 
The Jammu-Srinagar Highway has been witness to several terror attacks on the security forces.
 
the CRPF bore the brunt of an attack at Pampore, less than seven kilometres from Lethpora, in June 2016, losing eight jawans while 22 others sustained injuries. Terrorists had attacked a CRPF convoy in Pampore area in February that year as well, before taking refuge at a government building. The operation against the holed up terrorists lasted more than two days and resulted in death of nine persons, including three Armymen and three ultras. 
 
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Feb 14, 2019 - 21:28 (IST)

Foreign dignitaries condemn attack

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid were among the foreign dignitaries who condemned the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district. Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed condolences.

Feb 14, 2019 - 21:24 (IST)

Internet suspended in south Kashmir

Mobile internet services have been snapped in the whole of south Kashmir and speed slowed to 2G in Srinagar district.

Feb 14, 2019 - 21:07 (IST)

I&B ministry issues advisory to TV channels

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory to all private satellite TV Channels in view of terrorist attack in Pulwama. It advised TV channels to ensure no content is telecast which is likely to encourage violence, has anything against maintenance of law and order, promotes anti-national attitudes, or contains anything that could "affect the integrity of the nation".

Feb 14, 2019 - 21:01 (IST)

Cabinet Committee on Security to meet at 9.15 am tomorrow, reports ANI

Feb 14, 2019 - 21:00 (IST)

Strong reply will be given to JeM attack, says Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "The attack was carried out by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. A strong reply will be given and I assure this to the people of the country.."

Feb 14, 2019 - 20:58 (IST)

NSG, NIA teams to join investigation 

An NIA team with forensic experts is being sent to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of crime, a home ministry official was quoted as saying by PTI. Explosive specialists of the Black Cat commando force NSG will also join in the investigation into the attack.

Feb 14, 2019 - 20:51 (IST)

Exact number of casualties being ascertained, says police

In a press release, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the exact number of casualties is being ascertained, and 33 deaths have been confirmed. "Police has registered a case in the matter. Officers investigating this terror crime are at work to establish the full circumstances which led to the blast. 

"Citizens are requested to stay away from the blast site as the blast site needs to be preserved properly for investigators to examine. Your cooperation will be much appreciated in this regard," it said in the release.

Feb 14, 2019 - 20:41 (IST)
Rijiju says attackers won't go unpunished
 
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the "cowardly" terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir will not go unpunished and it will be avenged in "all way possible". "We will definitely give befitting response to this cowardly attack. It will not go unpunished. We will avenge in all way possible," Rijiju said in a tweet.
 

Feb 14, 2019 - 20:25 (IST)

Watch: Jaish-e-Mohammed claims responsibility for IED attack

A video purportedly released by Jaish-e-Mohammed depicts a militant, identified as "JeM fidayeen attacker Aadil Bhai" claiming responsibility for Thursday's attack.


Pulwama attack LATEST updates: The mobile internet services have been snapped in the whole of South Kashmir and speed has been slowed to 2G in Srinagar district. A video purportedly released by Jaish-e-Mohammed depicts a militant, identified as "JeM fidayeen attacker Aadil Bhai" claiming responsibility for Thursday's attack. In a press release, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the exact number of casualties is being ascertained, and 33 deaths have been confirmed.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting at his residence in view of the Pulwama attack. Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, who reached Thimphu in Bhutan earlier on Thursday for the annual secretary-level talks, decided to cut short the visit and head back. An NIA team is set to visit Srinagar on Friday to take stock of the situation.

K Vijay Kumar, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir governor, told ANI that the death toll in Pulwama attack is around 40. Meanwhile, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls for Jammu bandh on Friday against Pulwama terror attack.

More than 2,500 CRPF 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 Lethapora in Awantipora.

Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "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."

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is monitoring the situation in Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist has claimed responsibility for the incident, they said.

Police identified the terrorist as Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama. He joined the JeM in 2018, they said. The casualties are likely to go up.

Several people were injured in the terror attack, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron. Body parts could be strewn around the area.

The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, a police official said.

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