At least 20 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. Death toll in the Pulwama's Awantipora terror attack is expected to rise, police officials said. Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed has taken the responsibility of the attack. IED blast was followed by gunshots in Goripora area of Awantipora. Catch minute-to-minute updates in Pulwama terror attack.
At least 20 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulawama. The well-planned attack used a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (known as VBIED) to target a CRPF bus that was part of a 50-vehicle convoy.
The convoy was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and was on its way to Pulwama when a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden SUV crashed into the bus. The bus had around 45 jawans on board when the SUV crashed into it.
The bus was completely destroyed in the attack. The site of the attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris strewn about.
The attack took place when the convoy was passing through the Gundipoora section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama's Awantipora area.
The convoy was made up of buses, trucks and SUVs. Each bus/truck was carrying 35-40 jawans of the CRPF.
Terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. A spokesperson of the banned terrorist organisation said "dozens of forces' vehicles were destroyed in the attack".
Jaish-e-Mohammad identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmad Dar and even released a video of him. In the video, Adil Dar can be seen brandishing rifles and standing in front of Jaish-e-Mohammad banners.