At least 13 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel of India were killed and over 40 injured after terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday.
Thirteen of the injured are said to be in a critical condition, and have been moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar. Terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Indian Home ministry sources said that terrorists triggered the car bomb while the convoy of over 70 CRPF vehicles were plying through the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Goripora area. One of the vehicles bore the brunt of the explosion. The stretch on which the incident occurred was largely believed to be sanitised of terror activities, and the authorities have termed it as a "serious breach" of security.
This is said to be the worst terror strike on security personnel since the Uri attack in September 2016, when four heavily armed terrorists targeted an army brigade headquarters -- causing over 19 deaths. The Indian army had responded with a cross-border surgical strike in which several enemy installations were reportedly destroyed.