India vows an ‘unforgettable lesson’ for the terrorists who killed 42 troopers

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The attack may also put pressure on China, a close ally of Pakistan, to alter its "indefensible position" at the United Nations Security Council, where Beijing has blocked India's attempts to list Jaish-e-Mohammed and Azhar as globally proscribed terrorists, Ayres said.

Blaming Pakistan for the suicide attack, the government said, "The Government of India condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly terrorist attack on our courageous security forces in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir earlier today (14 February 2019)". The vehicle rammed into one of the buses carrying jawans, leaving several body parts strewn around the area.

In a tweet, FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, "We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in Valley".

The death toll stood at 44, a senior police official said.

"Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable".

Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel.

Police sources said the bomber rammed his explosive-laden SUV into the CRPF bus and is believed to have been killed in the explosion. "A vehicle overtook the convoy and rammed into a bus with security personnel on board", a senior Indian police official told BBC. This has been a preferred a mode of militants to target security forces for because of the vigilance and other majors taken (Intelligence based operations which have been going on).

In a statement carried by GNS news agency, a spokesman for the group said dozens of security force vehicles were destroyed in the attack.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik accused Pakistan of being responsible for the attack.

A team of the National Investigation Agency and National Security Guards will leave for Kashmir on Friday morning to assist in the investigation.

The attack has killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police and has been the worst in decades in the region.

This was the first suicide vehicle bomb attack in Kashmir since the 2001 strike on the Legislative Assembly in which 41 people, including three suicide attackers, were killed. While India says elections held in territories controlled by administration backed by New Delhi, which made a decision to back accession to India, makes a referendum unnecessary, the United Nations and Pakistan say a referendum needs to take into account the views of voters throughout the former princely state.

"Deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir".

The attack surpasses one in 2016 that was the biggest in 14 years, claiming the lives of 19 soldiers in a brazen pre-dawn raid by militants on the Uri army camp.

In the video, Adil is heard saying that he had joined Jaish's fidayeen squad a year back and had to wait for almost a year to carry out the fidayeen attack.

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