44 CRPF jawans martyred in IED blast in Jammu and Kashmir, JeM claims responsibility

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The security personnel were killed when the two buses they were travelling in were blown up by terrorists in Goripora area.

At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in an IED blast in Awantipora, Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Banned terrorist organisation, allegedly backed by Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has taken responsibility.

Two buses in the CRPF convoy were targetted in a high-intensity IED blast. A CRPF official told news agency ANI, “There were 70 vehicles in the convoy and one of the vehicles came under attack. The convoy was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.”

Media reports suggest JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan, in a text message to Kashmiri News agency GNS, has claimed that a local fidayeen terrorist Aadil Ahmed executed the attack.

Zulfiqar Hassan, IG CRPF(Operations), told mediapersons that the J&K police has taken up the investigation. “The injured have been shifted to hospital. Post-blast analysis is being done on the spot,” he added.