At least 42 CRPF personnel killed in suicide attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. In another suicide attack happened in south-eastern Iran has killed at least 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards and wounded 13 others, state media say.
At least 42 CRPF personnel killed in suicide attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district
A suicide bomber rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 42 troopers and leaving the security established stunned.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the horror and released a video clip of the suicide bomber, a ‘commander’ identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, which it claimed was shot before the young man carried out the strike in Lethpora, about 30 km from here.
While precise details of the attack were still unclear, police sources said the suicide bomber-driven SUV came along the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus when a 78-vehicle convoy carrying 2,547 security personnel was going from the transit camp in Jammu to Srinagar and rammed it into the bus around 3.15 p.m., triggering a deafening explosion.
one report spoke of 200 kg of explosives, including probably RDX, packed into the SUV — that the CRPF bus.
All the injured were shifted to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in the Badamibagh cantonment of Srinagar city. Some of them were in critical condition.
Iran has killed at least 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards
A suicide attack in south-eastern Iran has killed at least 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards and wounded 13 others, state media say.
The bomber targeted a bus transporting personnel in Sistan-Baluchestan province near the border with Pakistan.
The Sunni Muslim militant group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), has said it was behind the bombing.
The Revolutionary Guards, which is a major military, political and economic force in Iran, blamed foreign powers.
The Revolutionary Guards branch in south-eastern Iran said a unit of its ground forces had been returning from the Pakistan border area on Wednesday when a car filled with explosives blew up beside their bus on the Khash-Zahedan road.
In a statement, it blamed “takfiri terrorists and mercenaries of the intelligence services of hegemonic powers”. “Takfiri” is a term used to describe Sunni extremists who see other Muslims as non-believers.