At least 40 killed in deadliest terror attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir in years

A Muslim terrorist rammed a car bomb into a paramilitary convoy in Awantipora murdering at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and wounding several others, in deadliest terror attack for Indian security forces in Kashmir in two decades.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, a local Islamic terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police sources say that the attack was likely carried out by a suicide bomber, who rammed an explosive-laden car into the CRPF bus.

The bus was part of an army convoy travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

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The terror attack was the deadliest for Indian security forces in Kashmir in two decades.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the terror attack “despicable” in a post on Twitter. “I strongly condemn this dastardly attack,” he wrote. “The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.”

Modi has taken a tough line on matters of national security. In the days after the Uri attack, he ordered “surgical strikes” by Indian commandos on terrorist hideouts in Pakistani-controlled territory.

Terrorism is on the rise in Kashmir, which is part of India’s only Muslim-majority state. Last year was the deadliest in a decade in the region, with deaths among security forces, terrorists and civilians all increasing.