Pulwama Terror Attack — The Death Toll Rises to 49
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Pulwama Terror Attack — The Death Toll Rises to 49

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following a bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019. / Source: Twitter

Image Attribute: Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following a bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019. / Source: Twitter

On February 14, 2018, a bus carrying India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops was attacked by a suicide bomber (Adil Ahmad Dar, a terrorist affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad) when he rammed his explosive-laden SUV with it. According to the Indian security agencies, this incident is considered as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack - executed through remote control. Yesterday, the death toll was reported 30, but today four more seriously wounded soldiers succumbed to their injuries at Indian Army's 92 Base Hospital (92 BH) Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, taking the death toll to 49. 

The CRPF bus was part of a 70-vehicle convoy passing through the Gundipoora section of the Srinagar-Jammu Highway when it was attacked (3:15pm IST). Each bus was carrying 35-40 CRPF troops. According to the official reports, the convoy had started from Jammu around 3.30 am IST and was supposed to reach Srinagar before sunset.

Image Attribute: The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris is strewn about / Date: February 14, 2019. / Source: Reuters

Image Attribute: The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris is strewn about / Date: February 14, 2019. / Source: Reuters

The attacker, Adil Ahmad Dar has been identified as a suicide bomber by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Even the group has released a video of him brandishing rifles. Dar is from Pulwama's Kakapora who had joined the terror group in 2018.

Image Attribute: Jaish-e-Mohammad's Adil Ahmad Dar, the suicide bomber who carried out the terror attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, 2018, in Pulwama. /Source: Video Screengrab/ Twitter

Image Attribute: Jaish-e-Mohammad's Adil Ahmad Dar, the suicide bomber who carried out the terror attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, 2018, in Pulwama. /Source: Video Screengrab/ Twitter

In the aftermath of the attack, India's Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on its official website - "The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to safeguard national security. We are equally resolved to fight against the menace of terrorism. We demand that Pakistan stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory and dismantle the infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries." It further reads, "We strongly reiterate our appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM Chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council and to ban terrorist organizations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan. "

In response to the above statement, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on February 15 called the attack a matter of "grave concern," but it said it strongly rejected "any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations."

Image Attribute: The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris is strewn about / Date: February 14, 2019. / Source: Reuters

Image Attribute: The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris is strewn about / Date: February 14, 2019. / Source: Reuters

Since long, India has been accusing Pakistan of supporting militancy in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a region claimed in full by both since 1947, the year of independence from British colonial rule. Till date, both the countries have fought two wars over the Kashmir.

Image Attribute: Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following a bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019. / Source: Twitter

Image Attribute: Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following a bomb attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019. / Source: Twitter