Two years of Pulwama: Terror attack that killed 40 CRPF men explained

Published on Feb 13, 2021 10:46 PM IST

The attack took place after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the convoy of 78 vehicles carrying more than 2,500 CRPF troopers in south Kashmir.

Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019. At least 30 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens other injured when a CRPF convoy was attacked.(PTI)
Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019. At least 30 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens other injured when a CRPF convoy was attacked.(PTI)
By | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

Sunday will mark two years of the Pulwama terror attack, one of the deadliest in the Kashmir Valley, in which 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed.

The attack took place after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the convoy of 78 vehicles carrying more than 2,500 CRPF troopers in south Kashmir.

Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. Jaish also released a video of the suspected suicide bomber, identified as a local man, who had joined JeM in 2018. The impact of the attack was such the targeted buses reduced to a heap of mangled iron after the blast.

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Here are ten headlines on the terror attack:

NIA’s first arrest in Pulwama attack is a Jaish operative who helped suicide bomber

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in March last year arrested an operative of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), in the first major breakthrough in the Pulwama terror attack case.

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CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama terror attack were returning from leave

The Jammu to Srinagar highway had been blocked for nearly a week and the queue of CRPF personnel waiting to travel from Jammu to Srinagar had been getting longer.

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Photos, chats and a phone: How NIA cracked the Pulwama case

NIA hit an obstacle in the Pulwama terror attack probe for the initial 10 months in piecing together the sequence of events since key players such as Masood Azhar’s nephew Mohammad Umar Farooq, and Pakistani terrorists Kamran Ali and Qari Yasir were killed in encounters by the security forces.

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Car used in Pulwama terror attack was bought 10 days before bombing, owner on run

NIA had identified the owner of the vehicle, a Maruti Eeco, used in the Pulwama terror attack. Sajjad Bhat, who is from Anantnag district, had joined Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and his pictures carrying weapons have gone viral on social media. He had also been evading arrest, according to officials.

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Apathy forced him to opt for violence, says Pulwama bomber’s family

Adil was 22 years old when he drove the Maruti Eeco through one of the alleyways onto the highway and rammed the explosive-laden car into a bus carrying the CRPF troopers.

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Speeches, cyber trail in India’s Pulwama proof establish role of Jaish

The investigations into the Pulwama terror attack established the involvement of the JeM, which had anyway claimed responsibility for the attack. This proof – the group used the same Internet Protocol (IP) address from a location near Pakistan’s Rawalpindi to upload the video confession of the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, and also the statement of its spokesperson Mohammed Hassan – is part of the body of evidence India had handed over to Pakistan.

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Pulwama strike was pushed back a week, JeM man tells NIA

The February 14, 2019, JeM strike on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which led to India retaliating with an attack on a terror camp in Balakot later that month and the subsequent dogfight between the air forces of India and Pakistan, was originally set to be carried out in the first week of February.

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ISI, JeM planned Pulwama strike, trained attacker: NIA

Islamabad was involved in planning, training the perpetrators and executing the February 2019 Pulwama attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead and brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war, said two officials aware of the details of the charge sheet NIA readied in the case.

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Local explosives used to trigger Pulwama attack

Terrorists who planned and executed the Pulwama attack took advantage of pilferage in mineral blocks and stone quarries to procure about 500 gelatin sticks, purchased ammonium nitrate and ammonium powder locally in small tranches, and managed to smuggle in military-grade RDX from across the border, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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First anniversary of Pulwama terror attack: Year on, kin say promises remain on paper

Family members of head constable Sukhjinder Singh, 32, who was among the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the terror attack in Pulwama district, are awaiting compensation and loan waiver announced by the Punjab government.

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BSF finds tunnel used by Pulwama attackers

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Jammu Police had detected a 150m long cross-border tunnel at the international border that intelligence agencies believe may have been used by Mohammad Umar Farooq, JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew, to enter India to execute the Pulwama terror attack.

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