Pulwama terror attack: At least 40 CRPF personnel killed in suicide bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir [Photos]

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and several injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a car carrying explosives into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy in the Pulwama district.

FP Staff February 15, 2019 13:28:36 IST
At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and several injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a car carrying explosives into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy in the Pulwama district.
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At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and several injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a car carrying explosives into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy in the Pulwama district.
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. Reuters
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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. Reuters
The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining the Pulwama district. PTI
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The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining the Pulwama district. PTI
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, and police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed Dar, who was a resident of Pulwama itself. ANI
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The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, and police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed Dar, who was a resident of Pulwama itself. ANI
Dar was driving a vehicle packed with explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which an estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on. 'There are no survivors from the bus,' an official said. PTI
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Dar was driving a vehicle packed with explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which an estimated 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on. 'There are no survivors from the bus,' an official said. PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top officials after the attack, termed it despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain. PTI
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and top officials after the attack, termed it despicable and asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain. PTI
Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel. PTI
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Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel. PTI
As news of the magnitude of the attack came in, political leaders from across the spectrum spoke out in condemnation and condoled the deaths of the security personnel. PTI
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As news of the magnitude of the attack came in, political leaders from across the spectrum spoke out in condemnation and condoled the deaths of the security personnel. PTI
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the attack in the strongest terms. ANI
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the attack in the strongest terms. ANI