Car Bomber Kills 44 Police Troops In Indian-Controlled Kashmir

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A Jaish-e-Mohammad spokesman, in a statement carried by GNS new agency, said dozens of security force vehicles were destroyed in the attack.

Pakistan-based JeM claimed responsibility for a auto bomb that killed the police in one of the deadliest attacks ever in the India-controlled Kashmir region. The SUV containing heavy explosives was rammed into one of the CRPF buses in the convoy which led to a thundering explosion.

Talking exclusively to AIR News, Director General of CRPF, R R Bhatnagar said, the convoy of the force having almost 2500 personnel was moving from Jammu to Srinagar and one of the buses was extensively damaged due to the blast in Pulwama District.

"It was a powerful explosion. The explosive was car-borne", Kumar told AFP.

It is the deadliest attack on Indian forces in occupied part of Kashmir since September 2016 when 19 soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn raid by Kashmiri fighters on the Uri army camp.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the sacrifices of "our fearless security personnel shall not go in vain", people across the country have demanded the strongest possible action against the dastardly terrorist attack. Holding Pakistan responsible for the attack, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement that the USA "condemns in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack by a Pakistan-based terrorist group". Our homage to the 18 courageous hearts who made the supreme sacrifice & condolences to their family. In a tweet, Mr Jaitley said, the nation salutes the martyred soldiers and we all stand united with their families.

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Several countries have condemned the Pulwama attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India, he said.

The attack may also put pressure on China, a close ally of Pakistan, to alter its "indefensible position" at the United Nations Security Council, where Beijing has blocked India's attempts to list Jaish-e-Mohammed and Azhar as globally proscribed terrorists, Ayres said. "Last such attack was taken place more a decade ago".

Islamabad said it rejected the suggestion it was linked to the attack.

He sends "a message for north Kashmir, central Kashmir, and Jammu", by reminding them that people in south Kashmir have been fighting against India and that it is now time for them to join in.

In a statement, Singh said the government is determined to foil the designs of those who want to disrupt peace through such a terror attack "sponsored and sheltered by Pakistan". Islamabad has urged the worldwide community to fulfill its moral and legal obligation by giving Kashmiris the chance to realize their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the Security Council resolutions.

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