Pulwama attack: Modi, Rahul pay tribute to killed jawans in Delhi

Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid his last respects to the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack at the Palam technical area on Friday evening by placing a wreath. The bodies of the slain troopers reached Delhi's Palam air force area on Friday evening. Modi placed a wreath on a platform placed before the coffins carrying the mortal remains of the troopers.

In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Pulwama district on Thursday.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. The suicide bomber has been identified as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018.

Modi termed the incident despicable and asserted that the sacrifice of the security personnel will not go in vain. Countries from across the globe condemned the act saying that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism.


Seven people detained by J&K police in connection with Pulwama attack

Jammu and Kashmir Police has detained seven persons from Pulwama district of South Kashmir in connection with the deadly terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead near Awantipora, officials said Friday.
The youths were detained from Pulwama and Awantipora.
Punjab Chief Minister Office: CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a government job to the next of the kin of the four Pulwama martyred CRPF soldiers from the state, along with Rs 12 lakh of financial assistance to each family.

PM Modi pays tribute to killed soldiers

PM Modi pays tribute to killed soldiers.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal lay wreaths on the mortal remains of the CRPF jawans. 
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa lay wreaths on the mortal remains of the CRPF jawans.

Wreath-laying ceremony of the slain CRPF jawans

Wreath-laying ceremony of the CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, underway at Palam airport.
Condemning the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday said perpetrators and sponsors of the attack should be brought to book and reiterated his country's support for further strengthening counterterrorist cooperation with India.
In a stern message to Pakistan, the White House has asked Islamabad to "immediately end" its "support" to all terror groups and not to provide "safe haven" to them.
"The US calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Rajnath Singh in Srinagar: In the wake of suicide attack on CRPF convoy yesterday, it has been decided that the civilian movement will be stopped for sometime when a large convoy of security forces passes through an area. Civilians will face a little difficulty, we apologise for it.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: Terrorism is a cancer in the region, and it requires collective efforts to root it out

India summons Pak's top envoy, lodges strong protest over Pulwama attack

India on Friday summoned Pakistan's top envoy and lodged strong protest over the killing of nearly 40 CRPF soldiers in the Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

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China again says no to back India's bid to list JeM chief Azhar as global terrorist by UN

China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but once again declined to back India's appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

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Death toll in Pulwama terror attack mounts to 40

The toll in the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district has risen to 40, a senior official said Friday.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi: This is a time of mourning, sadness and respect. We are fully supporting the govt of India and our security forces.
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Telangana CM cancels birthday celebrations in the wake of Pulwama attack

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao cancels his birthday celebrations scheduled for 17th February in wake of Pulwama attack and appeals to party leaders and workers to not celebrate the event in any form, reports ANI

PM warns Pakistan, says terrorists will pay heavy price for Pulwama attack

PM Modi on Friday warned Pakistan that the attack such as the one on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama will not weaken India and those responsible will have to pay a "very heavy price".
BSP strongly condemns Pulwama terror attack: Mayawati

Mortal remains of CRPF men to be flown to their homes today

The mortal remains of the CRPF personnel killed in an audacious terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, will be sent to their homes across the country this afternoon, officials said Friday.
While a majority of the 37 bodies have been identified, some of them have been mangled beyond recognition.

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Watch: PM Modi pays tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama attack

Pakistan rejects India's charge on Pulwama terror attack

"We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations," Pakistan said.

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NSG, NIA teams leave for J-K to join probe into Pulwama terror attack

Experts of anti-terror commando force the National Security Guard (NSG) and investigators of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) left for Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to join the probe into the terror attack in Pulwama.
The decision to send the teams was taken in view of the high number of casualties in the worst terror strike in the state since the Uri attack in 2016.

Cabinet Committee on Security meet underway at PM Modi's residence

BJP cancels all political programmes in wake of Pulwama terror attack

All political programmes of BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, scheduled for Friday have been cancelled following the terror attack on CRPF personnel in Kashmir.

US asks Pak to end 'support' and 'safe haven' to all terrorist groups

The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.
"The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.

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CCS meet to start at PM Modi's residence shorty

The Cabinet Committee on Security is expected to be start soon. Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sushma Swaraj are among the ministers who will attend the PM-led meet.

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Australia condemns the 'horrific bombing' in Jammu & Kashmir

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While Pakistan and China must carry the lion’s share of blame for shielding terrorists, India has some introspection to do as well.

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White House releases statement, condemns Jammu and Kashmir terror attack

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to attend the CCS meet over Pulwama terror attack

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Bollywood stars condemn attack

Calling it a "cowardly act", Bollywood celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and others expressed shock over the terror attack.
Akshay Kumar said the incident should not be forgotten.
"Numb beyond belief at the dastardly terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama. May God give peace to their souls and strength to their grieving families. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. We can't let this be forgotten," he said in a a tweet. 

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US experts suspect ISI role in Pulwama attack

The involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Thursday's terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has raised serious questions about the role of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in it, American experts on South Asia have said.

The experts said the terror strike shows the United States has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups.

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European Union releases statement on the terrorist attack

India has once again been victim of a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The bomb attack killed more than 40 persons among the Indian paramilitary forces. Terrorism can never be justified. The European Union expresses its deep sadness and condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those who were injured.
As a strategic partner of India, the EU reaffirms its full solidarity at such a difficult moment. The European Union stands by India in fighting terrorism and will continue to strengthen its cooperation in this regard.
Latest visuals from the site of attack

Nationwide protests erupt against the attack

Protest ensued in different parts on the country against the merciless killing of as many as 40 security personnel on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.
Youths, who in Jammu and Kashmir protested against death of the CRPF personnel and said, "We are protesting against the killing of 40 CRPF jawans. This is shameful. There should be stern actions now, there should be another surgical strike."
Israel condemns the terror attack in Pulwama

Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jammu

How the attack took place
A Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus carrying CRPF personnel in Pulwama district.
Police identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018.
He was driving a vehicle packed with over 100 kg of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which 39-44 personnel were travelling, head-on, an official at the spot said.
The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama district.
"The bodies are dismembered and mutilated making it difficult for doctors to give the exact number of casualties," a senior security establishment official told PTI in Delhi.
The bus that was the focus of the attack belongs to the 76th battalion of the force.
"It was a large convoy and about 2,500 personnel were travelling in multiple vehicles. Some shots were also fired at the convoy," CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar told PTI.
Several US lawmakers Friday expressed solidarity with India in the wake of a dastardly terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district and said that the two countries stand united in condemning and defeating terror.
Cutting across party lines, over 50 Congressmen and Senators took to social media to express their solidarity with people of India and called for strict action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and its state sponsors. Click here to read more

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