Pulwama Terrorist Attack: Death toll touches 42
Pulwama: The death toll in the Pulwama terrorist attack that took place earlier this evening has touched 42. It is likely to go up as several CRPF personnel injured in the attack are still critical.
The incident has been strongly condemned by people of all walks of lives including the President and Prime Minister of India.
Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji, S Envoy to India Kenneth Juster, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and others also expressed condolences, concern and condemnation over the attack on the security personnel.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the terrorist attack spot and take stock of the situation. He also assured the people of the country that a strong response will be given to the terror attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama.
Meanwhile, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries has announced a peaceful Jammu bandh tomorrow as a protest against the killing of CRPF Jawans.
While the Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case over the matter, a 12 member-team of NIA will go to the blast site. An IG rank officer of the NIA will lead the team and will join in the probe the case.
According to reports, the incident took place when a bus of the CRPF convoy, with 2500 personnel in 70 vehicles, was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion followed by gunshots in Goripora area on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora. The convoy was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu.
Terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad, meanwhile, has claimed responsibility for the attack.