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14 Feb 2019

#PulwamaTerrorAttack: NSG, NIA to assist J&K Police in terror-attack probe

About the developments in J&K Pulwama terror attack

Anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) experts and National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigators will join the investigation into the deadly terror attack at Awantipora in J&K's Pulwama.

Nearly 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in J&K's worst terror attack since the 2016 Uri attack.

Home Ministry officials said NSG's explosive specialists and forensic experts with NIA team are being sent to assist in the investigation.

In context

About the developments in J&K Pulwama terror attack
About the terror attack in J&K's Pulwama district

Attack

About the terror attack in J&K's Pulwama district

A CRPF official said there were 70 buses in a convoy that was going towards Srinagar.

On the Srinagar-Jammu national Highway, an SUV, laden with 350kg of explosives rammed into the bus triggering a blast. The bus was reduced to shambles in no time.

Terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack and revealed local resident Ahmad alias Waqas carried out the suicide attack.

Fight against terror

Nation stands united in fight against terror forces: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind strongly condemned the deadly Pulwama terror attack and said that the nation stands united against the terror forces.

"Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K. Thoughts and prayers with the families of martyrs and wishing an early recovery to those injured. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil," Kovind tweeted.

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Here's what President Kovind tweeted

US Ambassador to India on the terror attack

The US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, said: "Strongly condemn today's terrorist attack. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it."

Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable: PM Modi

PM Modi

Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable: PM Modi

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi also condemned the terror attack on CRPF personnel. "Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack," he tweeted.

"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," he wrote on Twitter.

Home Minister

Rajnath Singh cancels visit to Bihar; to visit J&K tomorrow

PM Narendra Modi also tweeted that he has spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other top officials about the situation in Pulwama.

The Home Ministry tweeted that Rajnath Singh has canceled his visit to Bihar scheduled for tomorrow in the wake of the attack, adding that the Ministry is also closely monitoring the situation. Singh would visit Srinagar tomorrow.

A strong reply will be given, says Singh

"The attack was carried out by Pakistan backed Jaish e Mohammed. A strong reply will be given and I assure the people of the country this," Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Here's what Home Minister Rajnath Singh said

Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi extends condolences to families of martyred soldiers

Earlier, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi extended her condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers.

"I want to say that not only the Congress party but the entire country is standing shoulder to shoulder with the families of our brave soldiers," she added.

"We demand that this government take concrete steps to ensure such terror attacks don't happen in the future," Priyanka said.

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