Death toll in Kashmir terror attack mounts to 39

The death toll has gone up to 39 now in worst terror attack against CRPF jawans vehicle,  in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. More casualties are feared as several of the injured jawans are in critical situation.

Reactions poured in from across the country as the death toll kept rising in the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the attack was “despicable” and “dastardly” attack. “The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, DG CRPF and the Home Secretary regarding the Pulwama attack. They have apprised him of the situation. HM has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bihar tomorrow. MHA is closely monitoring the situation. He will visit Jammu and Kashmir in view of the terror attack in Pulwama’s Awantipora area.

Condemning the attack, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “attack on CRPF in Pulawama is cowardice & a condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyrs&we stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorists will be given an unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said he was “deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack”. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah reacted to the “terrible news”. Abdullah also said that the attack was “reminiscent of the dark days of militancy pre 2004-05”.

Mehbooba Mufti, former Jammu and Kashmir CM, tweeted, “Disturbing news coming in from #awantipura . Twelve of our security personnel have been martyred and several have been injured. No words are enough to condemn the gruesome terror attack. How many more lives will be snuffed out before this madness ends?”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “strongly condemned” the attack. “Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama (J&K). I strongly condemn the terror attack on CRPF convoy in which many casualties are feared. India must stand united in this moment of grief,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “We salute our brave jawans and extend our solidarity and condolences to their families. Our prayers for those injured. We wish them a speedy recovery.”

More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district.

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