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42 security personnel killed in terror attack on CRPF convoy at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir

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NEW DELHI: As many as 42 security personnel were martyred in a terror attack at CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir.

Adil Ahmad Dar, a local youth, drove a vehicle carrying explosives and rammed in to one of the buses that was part of the CRPF convoy. This led to a huge explosion and almost all the jawans in the bus were killed.

The attack took place at Pulwama when a CRPF convoy was on its way through road route. Initial reports suggest that Jaish-e-Mohammad was behind the attack--one of the most deadly in the last two decades. 

Government has taken a tough stand and said that stern action would be taken and the martyrdom of the CRPF jawans would not go in vain. K Vijaya Kumar, the advisor to the J&K Government, confirmed that the figure of deaths was 'around 40'.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to be part of the probe. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will leave for Kashmir on Friday to take stock of the situation. Opposition leaders have also expressed shock over the deaths and have asked for tough action.

The attack is perhaps the biggest such attacks in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, as far as number of security personnel's deaths is concerned. Since late-80s when militancy took root in J&K, this is the first such instance when over 40 soldiers have been killed in a terror strike.

Surprisingly, there was intelligence input about possibility of such a strike. However, it was apparently ignored. This resulted in mass casualties. The state government (Governor) has accepted that there was intel warning, clearly suggesting lapses in security.