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crpf: Pulwama terror attack 3rd anniversary: How events unfolded | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into their bus on February 14 three years ago in Pulwama.
At 3.00 pm on February 14, 2019, a Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir‘s Pulwama district. The convoy consisted of 78 buses carrying around 2,500 CRPF personnel. The convoy was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu.
The perpetrator was identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, a 22-year old from Kakapora, Pulwama.
Forty CRPF personnel were martyred in the attack and 35 were others were injured. It was the deadliest terror attack on India’s state security personnel in Kashmir since 1989.
Nationwide protests erupted against the dastardly terror attack even as the country bid goodbye to its bravehearts. Leaders across the party lines and civil society condemned the attack and called for an appropriate response.
The attack was followed by weeks of intense military skirmishes across the border between the two sides.
“I feel the same fire in my heart that’s raging inside you,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi would declare on February 17, days after the attack took place.
United Nations and several countries from across the globe condemned the Pulwama terror attack and extended their support to India in the fight against terrorism.
Twelve days after the strike on the CRPF convoy, in the wee hours of February 26, Indian Air Force jets bombed the JeM camp in Balakot, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The airstrike was the first time since the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 that attacking warplanes had crossed the Line of Control.
As per the news reports, 12 Mirage 2000 jets were involved in the operation. The jets were carrying SPICE 2000 & Popeye precision-guided munitions and were supported by four Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Netra and Phalcon airborne early warning and control aircraft, an IAI Heron UAV and two Ilyushin Il-78 aerial refuelling aircraft.
A day later on February 27, IAF foiled an attempt by PAF to strike at military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the skirmish, IAF also lost a Mi-17 transport chopper.
The Indian military later stated that three Pakistan Air Force jets had crossed the Line of Control from Nowshera, J&K and had dropped bombs over Nadian, Laam Jhangar, Kerri in Rajouri District and Hamirpur area of Bhimber Galli in Poonch, before being pushed back by six Indian airforce jets.





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