44 Indian soldiers killed in IHK car bomb attack

09:18 PM | 14 Feb, 2019
44 Indian soldiers killed in IHK car bomb attack
SRINAGAR – At least 44 Indian paramilitary police personnel were killed and many others injured when their convoy targeted with a car bomb at Awantipora area of Indian controlled Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday.

Indian police said that a car filled with explosives rammed a bus carrying the officers to Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

The NDTV reported while quoting Home Ministry sources that the car bomb targetted the army vehicles with over 2,500 CRPF men were on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The stretch on which the incident occurred had been sanitized earlier in the morning, and authorities have termed it as a "serious breach" of security.

Photographs showed charred remains of vehicles and human body parts littered across the highway, alongside blue military buses.

The attack came a day after an explosion wounded more than two dozens of schoolchildren in the state. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

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On October 1, 2001, an explosive-laden SUV was rammed into the main gate of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly complex in Srinagar, killing 38 people.