Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Indian troops killed when massive bomb obliterates bus in Kashmir

Indian troops killed when massive bomb obliterates bus in Kashmir

The toll from Thursday's terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 45 as two more troopers succumbed to their injuries, officials said on Friday. Eight jawans have been reportedly martyred, while 12 are severely injured, in which 12 are critically injured.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Moahammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the bloodbath and released a video clip of the suicide bomber which it claimed was shot before the young man carried out the audacious attack in Lethpora, about 30 km from here.

Mohammad Yunis, a journalist who reached the site minutes later, said he saw blood and body parts scattered along a 100-metre stretch of the highway.

A paramilitary official said the bus was carrying at least 35 soldiers. Soon after, there were reports of him being spotted with terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen.

"This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India", she said in a strongly-worded statement issued by the White House.

Paying his party's homage, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also accused the Narendra Modi government of compromising national security and said the list of terror attacks continued unabated under it.

The United States ambassador to India condemned the attack and offered condolences. From IC 814 to Parliament attack to Badambi Bagh attack to Tangdhar and Nagrota to Pulwama police lines attack.

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India has said it will retaliate appropriately to the Pulwama terror attack.

"By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India", he said.

Mr Modi said, the sacrifices of the courageous security personnel will not go in vain and the entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the fearless martyrs.

The attack on the Indian paramilitary forces convoy comes a day after at least 25 high school students were injured in an explosion in their classroom in Kashmir.

Kashmir has experienced renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule in the past few years as a new generation of Kashmiri rebels, especially in the southern parts of the region, has revived the militancy and challenged New Delhi's rule with guns and social media.

Arun Jaitley, a senior minister in Modi's cabinet, called the attack an act of cowardice and said India would retaliate.

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