PULWAMA: At least 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed and several injured after a suspected militant drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, ANI reported.
This was one of the worst terror strikes in the state since the attack on the Uri military base in September 2016, in which 18 Indian Army personnel had died and dozens were injured.
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) SP Pani told News18 that the toll is expected to rise. Authorities have suspended internet and mobile data services in south Kashmir, while internet speed has been lowered in Srinagar.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials said Pulwama-based militant Adil Ahmad, who joined the outfit last year, was the main perpetrator. In a statement, a Jaish spokesperson Muhammad Hassan said the attack had destroyed “dozens of forces’ vehicles”, Rising Kashmir reported.
In a video released after the attack, Adil is seen armed with rifles and standing in front of what appears to be the outfit’s banners, NDTV reported.