US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster, strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which CRPF convoy, which was moving from Jammu to Srinagar, was targeted by the terrorists. In probably the biggest terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since the Uri Army camp strike of September 18, 2016, following which surgical strikes were conducted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, 37 soldiers were martyred.
Ken Juster took to Twitter to show US support to India in 'confronting terror and defeating it'. He wrote, "The U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it. #KashmirTerrorAttack".
On Thursday afternoon, the 54 Battalion of CRPF was targeted by the Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed as their vehicle was attacked with an IED blast in the Awantipora area of the Pulwama district on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
An IED blast occurred upon a bus of the battalion CRPF which was part of Up convoy from Jammu to Srinagar at 2:15 pm. There were some reports of grenade lobbying and firing upon vehicles of 35 Battalion and 179 Battalion also coming in.
IG of the CRPF spoke about the incident. "All the injured have been shifted to the hospital. We will hold the post-blast analysis. It will take time," he said.
The following is the statement released by the CRPF which details about the attack:
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the district later on Thursday to take note of the situation.