24 February 2019
Srinagar: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Sunday again confirmed that a total of 40 personnel of the paramilitary force were killed and five suffered injuries in the suicide terror attack in Pulwama district 10 days ago.
"A total of 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in the terror attack. Four of the injured CRPF personnel have been discharged from the hospital," CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) M. Dinakaran told IANS.
Dinakaran's clarification came when asked about varying death toll figures being quoted by some media outlets.
In the worst-ever terror attack at one go in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on February 14 rammed his vehicle packed with around 200 kg explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, leaving 40 personnel dead.
The bus was part of a 78-vehicle convoy carrying 2,547 CRPF personnel and was going from the transit camp in Jammu to Srinagar. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the horror.