Terror strikes: At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on Thursday when a convoy in which they were travelling was attacked near Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. A suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into one of the convoy’s buses. It was the deadliest attack in terms of casualties in three decades of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. About 2,500 personnel of the 92, 17 and 54 battalions of the CRPF were travelling to the Valley at the time of the ambush. Home Minister Rajnath Singh blamed the “Pakistan-based, Pakistan-backed” elements for the “dastardly” attack. On Friday, the Indian government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status given to Pakistan in 1996. Agencies said this move would hurt Pakistan’s exports to India which stood at $488.5 million in 2017-18. Pictures show the damaged CRPF bus at the site of the attack in Pulwama district, and the injured being carried to hospital. NISSAR AHMAD The Hindu

On February 14, 2019, a terror attack was carried out in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir by a suicide bomber resulting in the death of 40 CRPF personnel. The suicide bomber, identified as Jaish-e-Mohammad's Adil Ahmed Dar, rammed his vehicle into a bus with the CRPF convoy. World body United Nations and countries from across the globe, including the U.S., Russia, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, have condemned the brutal Pulwama terror attack, and extended their support to India in the fight against terrorism.

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