The CRPF has confirmed 38 deaths in the suicide bombing, counted among the bloodiest in Kashmir.
"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". He also used to lead prayers in the local mosque and has outlived two brothers.
This was the first suicide auto bomb attack in Kashmir since the 2001 strike on the Legislative Assembly in which 41 people, including three suicide attackers, were killed. The vehicle belonged to 54 battalion of the CRPF.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the attacks "despicable" in statement on Twitter. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has also decried the attack and offered condolences to the families of the dead soldiers. Though he was welcomed in the Valley with a strict shutdown, Mr. Modi also claimed to "break the backbone of terrorism in the state". CRPF said 37 personnels were killed and five others were seriously injured.
Kashmir's Police Chief S.P. Pani said the CRPF had suffered major damage.
Senior police and CRPF officials reached the spot immediately for post blast analysis.
It is the deadliest attack on Indian forces in that part of Kashmir since September 2016 when 19 soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn militant raid on the Uri army camp.
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Israeli ambassador Ron Malka tweeted: "Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in #Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this hard hour".
Tension with Pakistan rose after that incident when New Delhi said the attackers had come from Pakistan to stage the attack. The target was the local parliament building in Srinagar.
India blamed Pakistan, but it denied any involvement.
Shortly after the blast Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the attack, the newspaper reported.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian establishment was hell-bent upon eroding the internationally recognized disputed status of the territory by fiddling with Article 35A and Article 370 of the Indian constitution. "First, it came as IED blast, later it was claimed to be a auto blast, then a video surfaced on social media of an attacker". Mr Naidu said he was shocked by the dastardly attack.
"An in-depth analysis is required to find out as how this could have been avoided". These type of attacks were prevented for the long time. The United States called on Pakistan to act on terrorist groups operating on its soil but China still hasn't reacted.
Heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the families of the victims of heinous terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir today.