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40-Indian Soldiers Killed as Explosives-Laden SUV Rams CRPF Bus in Kashmir

by Webdesk


NEW DELHI (Updated Feb 15): Forty Indian Soldiers were killed and several injured when a suicide bomber rammed a SUV loaded with explosives into a CRPF convoy in Awantipora town of Pulwama district on Thursday. This is one of the worst attacks since the 2001 Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly car bombing.


The injured have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar, 20 km from the attack site. The bus which came under the main impact of the blast belonged to 76 Batallion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack, said that their militant rammed the SUV laden with 350kg of explosive in to the CRPF Bus.


The Indian government accused Pakistan of letting militant groups operate from its soil and called on it to take action.


Adil Ahmad Alias Waqas, a resident of Pulwama, was the man driving the car that rammed the 55-seater CRPF bus. Such a car bomb suicide attack is happening after several years, sources said.