In one of the worst attacks on security forces in Kashmir, terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. The deadly attack killed at least 40 CRPF jawans. As per media reports, terrorists used a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives to attack the convoy. The IED blast was followed by gunshots in Goripora area of Awantipora.
Immediately after the attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to assess the security situation in the state with top ministers including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In this meeting, three military chiefs were also present.
The Awantipora attack has drawn widespread criticism from all across the globe. PM Modi has given a strong message to Imran Khan-led government in Pakistan saying that India will give a “strong reply” to the terrorist attack.
Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
A grateful nation bows to the martyrs of Pulwama.
A befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous attack and their patrons.
No force will succeed in disturbing peace, progress and stability of India. pic.twitter.com/hFq0pUByVJ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2019
Major military powers including the US, Russia, and France have also strongly condemned the attacks. See the below tweets.
France most firmly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated in Jammu & Kashmir. Our thoughts go out to the families of the fallen soldiers.
— Alexandre Ziegler (@FranceinIndia) February 14, 2019
The U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it. #KashmirTerrorAttack
— Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) February 14, 2019
.@RusEmbIndia condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack in #Kashmir’s #Pulwama district, which claimed precious lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel and left numerous people injured.#pulwamaterrorattack@mfa_russia @MEAIndia @IndEmbMoscow pic.twitter.com/di2JTjQZXx
— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) February 14, 2019
Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in #Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to the CPRF and their families, the people of India and the Indian government following the terrible #KashmirTerrorAttack
— Ron Malka 🇮🇱 (@DrRonMalka) February 14, 2019
I condemn the terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir that attacked a convoy, killing 44 soldiers. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. The world should continue to combat terrorism.
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) February 14, 2019
I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large.
— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) February 14, 2019
Across the nation, there has been widespread anger among people against the merciless killing of the jawans. Infuriated over the terror attack, Twitterati is calling for revenge attacks with a surgical strike 2.0.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Suchi Das (@Suchi_Das05) February 14, 2019
अरफा मैडम जी की मानें तो फिर सीमा पर डटे हमारे सैनिक भजन करें .. केन्द्रीय पुलिस बल के साथी हवन करें .. राष्ट्र की भावना को एंकर गाली दें .. और कश्मीर में ख़ून खराबा करने वाले आतंकी ‘भटके हुए नौजवान’ हैं https://t.co/V337f5HGiU
— Pankaj Jha (@pankajjha_) February 15, 2019
I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019
— Suchi Das (@Suchi_Das05) February 15, 2019
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) February 15, 2019
MFN status to Pakistan withdrawn! All steps to be taken to isolate Pakistan! Seems @narendramodi govt has had enough of Pak post Pulwama attack! My sources tell me : Post Munich Mossad style covert operations to eliminate those behind this attack not ruled out
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) February 15, 2019
— aLLU (@aLLU4U) February 15, 2019
— Navneet Singh (@navneetsingh785) February 15, 2019
— Naveenkumar S Kandukuri (@Naveenkandakuri) February 15, 2019
Never heard an Indian PM speak like this in public. @narendramodi clearly ready for all consequences, included limited war, when he talks of a jaw breaking response to Pakistan. This is what the Indian people wanted to hear after the Pulwama attack. Clearest messaging to Pak.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 15, 2019
— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) February 15, 2019
Our own warriors are not secure at any ground. Where has the security of the nation left themselves behind?? Deeply saddened & disturbed by hearing abt #Pulwama attack on #CRPFJawans..I seriously demand the responsible to be punished to death!! Strength to the families..🙏 #RIP.. pic.twitter.com/zEp0giRfoN
Once again time to Surgical Strike Sir g ,,, Otherwise youth never believe in ur Govt. …. Jai Hind Jai Jawan 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏🙏
— Madhav Jindal (@MadhavJ23095119) February 14, 2019
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for it. There is a video that is doing the round on social media which shows a video clip of the suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmed Dar, brandishing guns in front of the group’s flags. It is said that the video was shot before Adil Ahmad Dar carried out the attack in Lethpora.