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Pulwama Attack LIVE Updates: 12-member NIA Team Heads to J&K; Cabinet Committe on Security Meets Tomorrow | February 15, 2019, 10:38 PM IST
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Pulwama Attack LIVE: Thirty CRPF jawans have been killed in a suicide attack on their convoy in Awantipora town of Pulwama district, the worst terror strike in 20 years. Sources say Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Adil Ahmad Alias Waqas, a resident of Pulwama, rammed an SUV laden with explosives into a 55-seater CRPF bus in the convoy. According to a statement by JeM, the car contained 350 kg of explosives.

The last time such a car bomb attack unfolded was in 2001 when the J&K secretariat was attacked, claiming 38 lives. In a chilling video released minutes after the attack, Waqas confesses to carrying out the strike, saying he would be in heaven by the time people of Kashmir see the clip. He goes on to boast about other attacks carried out by the Jaish against India -- 2001 Parliament attack, Uri attack and Pathankot attack.
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Feb 15, 2019 10:38 pm (IST)

Former President Pranab Mukherjee said, "I'm extremely pained by this act of inhumanity perpetrated by terrorists. In this hour of grief, we must stand together as a nation. The united front put up by political parties and politicians across the spectrum is a sight of that unity. The response of the international community in condemning this barbarous attack in one voice will strengthen our resolve to fight this menace." 

Feb 15, 2019 10:18 pm (IST)

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat pays his last tribute to the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Friday.

Feb 15, 2019 10:08 pm (IST)

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A key facet in the report is that while the "traditional" threat to convoys has been in the form of IEDs and bullets - the use of a suicide bomber in a bomb-laden vehicle took the forces off guard.

Feb 15, 2019 10:08 pm (IST)

All prior commitments of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled. She will go to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to pay her last respects to the CRPF personnel of the two states, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

Feb 15, 2019 9:53 pm (IST)

In view of the Pulwama terror attack, India apprises 25 Heads of Mission about Pakistan’s role in sponsoring Jaish-e-Mohammad which was responsible for carrying out the gruesome incident.

Feb 15, 2019 9:44 pm (IST)

Mortal remains of CRPF jawans are now being taken to their native places. 

Feb 15, 2019 9:41 pm (IST)

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Guru, a native of Mandya district in Karnataka, died along with 36 other CRPF jawans after a suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district on Thursday afternoon.

Feb 15, 2019 9:31 pm (IST)

A NIA team, along with explosives and forensic experts, have collected materials required for forensic evaluation of scene of crime. Considering the status, the team would continue with sifting of material on Saturday too and the outcome would be made known after the analysis is over.

Feb 15, 2019 9:18 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to the slain CRPF jawans at Palam Airport in New Delhi on Friday

Feb 15, 2019 9:13 pm (IST)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pays her last tribute to the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Friday.

Feb 15, 2019 9:08 pm (IST)

A candlelight march, organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Association, was taken out in Leh earlier on Friday in protest against Pulwama attack.

Feb 15, 2019 8:54 pm (IST)

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui separately during Friday's meeting over Pulwama attack. The Foreign Secretary spoke on Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan and mentioned the matter of listing of Masood Azhar by UNSC.

Feb 15, 2019 8:49 pm (IST)

A visual of Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying his last tributes to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in a gruesome attack carried out by the Jaishe-e-Mohammad in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir: 

Feb 15, 2019 8:43 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Last Respects | Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads nation in paying tributes to the 40 slain soldiers at the Palam airport in New Delhi.

Feb 15, 2019 8:40 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the wreath-laying ceremony of the CRPF jawans at Palam Airport, New Delhi.

Feb 15, 2019 8:39 pm (IST)

A NIA team with suitable forensic component reached Awantipora to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of crime scene.

Feb 15, 2019 8:38 pm (IST)

Odisha CM Announces Ex-Gratia | Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces ex- gratia of Rs 10 Lakh each for the families of the CRPF jawans, from the state, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack on Thursday. The CM has also urged all educational institutions in the state to observe two-minute silence tomorrow at 11 am.

Feb 15, 2019 8:20 pm (IST)

Wreath-laying ceremony of the CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, underway at Palam airport, New Delhi:

Feb 15, 2019 8:03 pm (IST)

As part of continuing diplomatic efforts on the matter, Foreign Secretary met around 25 Heads of Mission based in New Delhi on Friday from all P-5 countries, all South Asian countries and other important partners like Japan, Germany, Republic of Korea and others.

Feb 15, 2019 7:58 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, security forces hold a candlelight vigil in Hyderabad, Telangana

Feb 15, 2019 7:47 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal head to Palam to pay their last tributes to the slain CRPF soldiers.

Feb 15, 2019 7:37 pm (IST)

Plane carrying the mortal remains of the slain CRPF soldiers lands in Palam airport, New Delhi. 

Feb 15, 2019 7:22 pm (IST)

Representatives from various countries arrive in New Delhi:

Feb 15, 2019 7:08 pm (IST)

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat announces ex-gratia of Rs 25 Lakh each to families of the jawans from the state, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack on Thursday. One member each of families of the deceased jawans will also be given a govt job, as per their qualification.

Feb 15, 2019 6:52 pm (IST)

Assuring that India will give a befitting reply to terror groups, Piyush Goyal said, "Our armed forces and people of India are competent to give a befitting reply to such forces. Our jawans will ensure that any forces which are enemy to India's interest get a strong rejoinder & people of India will continue to give confidence to them."

Feb 15, 2019 6:51 pm (IST)

Unfortunate event in which our soldiers gave supreme sacrifice. I'd like to express my condolences to families of noble jawans. I pray God gives their families strength to bear irreparable loss&pray for early recovery and good health of injured jawans: Union Minister Piyush Goyal 

Feb 15, 2019 6:36 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | 740 Security Forces Personnel Killed in 12 years in J&K; 23% of Total Casualties

According to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), a Delhi-based open data source, the number of fatalities in the valley have increased in the last six years after recording a low in the year 2012.

Feb 15, 2019 6:17 pm (IST)

Representatives from Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan arrived at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss Pulwama attack:

Feb 15, 2019 6:13 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Jammu and Kashmir National Highway a Death Trap for Security Forces? 58 Jawans Killed Since 2013

Most of these attacks have been witnessed on the Srinagar-South Kashmir highway stretch, claiming 56 of the 58 security personnel lives.

Feb 15, 2019 6:01 pm (IST)

'Time to Teach Pakistan a Lesson' | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday called for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan for the attack on CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama by terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, saying "the time for peace talks is over and they should be taught a lesson. Moving a resolution for condemning the terror attack and adjournment of the House, he accused Pakistan of playing a double game, saying "their prime minister (Imran Khan) is talking peace and the general (Qamar Javed Bajwa) is talking war."

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Soldiers examine debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district February 14, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS)

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing."Terrible news coming from the valley. A number of CRPF soldiers are reported to have been killed & injured in an IED blast. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. My prayers for the injured & condolences to the families of the bereaved," Abdullah tweeted.

The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the district's Awantipora area.

"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?" Mehbooba tweeted.

Several other mainstream politicians took to social media to condemn the attack.

"Very sad news coming from Lethpora , any form of killing must be condemned by one and all," People's Conference leader Imran Ansari said.

The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the incident, officials said.

The casualties are likely to go up.

Several people were injured in the terror attack, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron.

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