Pakistan based Islamist group Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed the responsibility for the attack
Srinagar: At least 20 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and over 40 injured after militant targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.
Initial reports in Indian media suggested that the vehicle used by the terrorists was bearing more than 350 kg of explosives.
Thirteen of the injured are said to be in a critical condition, and have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar.
The Pakistan based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Jammu and Kashmir police have launched an investigation into the attack. The police said the terrorist driving a suicide vehicle was Adil Ahmed from kakapura in Pulwama, who joined JeM in 2018.
The scale of this terror strike has exceeded even that of the Uri attack on September 2016, when four heavily armed terrorists targeted an army brigade headquarters, causing 19 deaths.
The worst attack in the last two decades occurred on October 1, 2001, when three terrorists rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the main gate of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly complex in Srinagar. Besides the attackers, as many as 38 people were killed in the incident.