In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kashmir, Jaish-e-Mohammed terror monger rammed an explosive laden car onto a paramilitary convoy killing over forty soldiers and seriously injuring around thirty others. The death toll is expected to go up.
The soldier contingent was from the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) and many of those killed in this suicide attack had returned from their official leave to rejoin duty in Kashmir Valley. The soldiers were travelling in a convoy of 78 vehicles when the explosive-laden car of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist rammed into their bus at Latoomode on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Awantipora, Pulwama. Jammu & Kashmir Police said the suicide terrorist was Adil Ahmad who had joined Jaish-e-Mohammad in 2018. Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility of the terror attack and released the video of Adil Ahmad that was recorded before this attack.
RR Bhatnagar, Director General of CRPF said that this was a larger convoy with around 2500 paramilitary personnel travelling in several vehicles when they the suicide attack took place. Bad weather over the last few days had stopped all vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, so today when the weather was relatively better a larger convoy of CRPF vehicles had started from Jammu to reach Srinagar. The convoy was expected to reach Srinagar by today evening. The terrorist attack took place before the convoy could reach Srinagar.