Amit Shah draws brickbats for holding political meeting despite Pulwama terror attack

Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday

It is one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in the disputed state over the last three decades. "Where from the explosives were obtained and how the bomb was put together is something which needs to be investigated to get to the root of the case", a senior police officer said. The terrorists indiscriminately fired at the convoy after the blast.

Unconfirmed photos showed the charred remains of at least one vehicle littered across the highway, alongside blue military buses as black smoke billowed upwards.

Khan said soldiers and counterinsurgency police reinforcements were deployed in the area and the injured were evacuated to hospitals.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack. Our correspondent reports that traffic has been suspended on the highway as forces cordoned off the entire area and launched search operations. "May the injured recover quickly", said Narendra Modi in a tweet.

The outfit grew into such a headache for the India that nearly every big attack on the Indian security establishment since the early 2000s can be traced back to it. Pakistan, however, was forced to ban Jaish in January 2002, a month after the USA declared it a terrorist organisation.

It further said, "this attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India". The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the fearless martyrs.

"We achieved big success against Jaish in 2017, when Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, the oldest Jaish terrorist operating in Kashmir, was gunned down", a defence official in Kashmir said.

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Soon he reported to the other stand-in umpire and both the umpires discussed it on the field. He added: "The battle was a good contest".

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Rajnath Singh will go to Srinagar tomorrow.

The Ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

"Sad and pained to hear about the dastardly attack on our courageous CRPF men in #Pulwama in which many of our jawans have been martyred". We pray for speedy recovery of the injured.

The same was shared during the meeting held two days back and all security formations were alerted about a possible terror attack similar to that carried in the twitter handle. He offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after CCS meeting said, "MEA will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the worldwide community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act".

The last major attack in Kashmir was in 2016 when militants raided an Indian army camp in Uri that killed 20 soldiers.

"The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it", Ambassador Ken Juster said in a tweet.

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