India says terror attack in Pulwama foiled, IED-laden vehicle destroyed, driver escaped


SRINAGAR: Senior Indian security officials have suspected that nearly 400 soldiers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were the target of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in the failed terror attack in Pulwama, J&K on Thursday. The CRPF convoy of nearly 20 vehicles was supposed to start from Srinagar on Thursday morning and reach Jammu when security forces seized and destroyed an IED-laden car on the convoy’s route in Pulwama.
The officials said that the plan had similarities with the 2019 Pulwama attack, which left more than 400 CRPF personnel killed as a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into their convoy. “This convoy was supposed to start from Bakshi Stadium camp at around 7:00 am and was supposed to reach Jammu. The convoy had almost all rank officials and personnel of CRPF which were close to 400.

SRINAGAR: Indian Security forces averted the major incident of a vehicle-borne IED blast, in Pulwama on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

It is suspected that terrorists wanted to target this convoy through a Santro Car seized and destroyed by Jammu and Kashmir police along with CRPF and Indian Army,” a top CRPF official involved in the operation told ANI.
But this time, a couple of days ago, an intelligence input about a possible attack was communicated verbally, keeping in mind the gravity of the information, to all the forces. Jammu and Kashmir Police further developed it.
Finally, during the early hours of Thursday, security forces caught the vehicle full of IED and destroyed it. “The vehicle was destroyed around 6 am and around 7:30 am Thursday parts of the destroyed vehicle were removed from an area where forces destroyed it. The operation was done in a very coordinated manner,” a senior official claimed.
The security forces on Thursday prevented a massive 2019 Pulwama type car bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir after they stopped a vehicle carrying over 20 kg of an improvised explosive device (IED), enough to carry out a major attack in Pulwama.
The police had said the car with a fake registration number was signalled to stop at a checkpoint but vehicle driver who was a terrorist accelerated and tried to escape with the vehicle. “The security forces opened fire. The driver managed to escape, leaving behind the car laden with IED,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said.

It is stated that the car packed with 60 kg explosives was intercepted in a late night operation by a joint team of security forces in Pulwama district. The explosives were later detonated by the Jammu and Kashmir police on an isolated stretch since it was considered too risky to defuse the car bomb. In a video released by Jammu and Kashmir Police, the car is seen turning into a huge ball of fire before enveloping the area in thick smoke.

 “This is such great work. Imagine if this had led to loss of lives. Just grateful this is not mixed in with human ash,” said Kashmir police officer Rayees Mohammad Bhat, who also tweeted a 9-second video of what he described as the “ashfall” from the explosion.

Jammu and Kashmir police officers who examined the car bomb before it was detonated suspect Waleed Bhai, a notorious bomb maker of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, had put together the car bomb.

JeM, Hizbul behind
Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, J&K has said that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) with the assistance of Hizbul Mujahideen had the main role in planning the car bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, which security forces thwarted on Thursday.
“We had received information that a militant of Jaish-e-Mohammed is going to carry out the operation. So we suspect that Adil (occupant of the car carrying IED) – a Hizbul Mujahideen militant is also in touch with Jaish-e-Mohammed,” he said.
“He (Adil) intended to target vehicles of security forces. We are calling expert teams from the outside. We suspect that the vehicle was carrying 40-45 kg of explosives. Jaish-e-Mohammed has the main role in this. Hizbul Mujahideen assisted them,” he added.
On being asked if this attack was similar to February 2019 bombing attack on the CRPF convoy, Kumar said, “Definitely it would have targeted security force police’s vehicle only.”
Kumar stated that Pulwama police was regularly receiving information that Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen were together planning this attack. They had placed IED in a Santro car. “Our forces gave a warning fire at the Naka following which the militant sped away from there. The next Naka party also gave a warning fire following which the militant managed to escape in the darkness. On searching our forces recovered the vehicle carrying IED, with the same number the police forces were suspecting. The explosive was defeated in a technical manner by CRPF and Army this morning and averted a major attack,” said Kumar.
The security forces on Thursday successfully prevented a massive 2019 Pulwama-like car bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir after they stopped a vehicle carrying over 20 kg of an improvised explosive device (IED), enough to carry out a major attack in Pulwama.
In February last year, 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a JeM-orchestrated terror attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The incident took place when a CRPF convoy, consisting of around 2,500 personnel, was attacked by a suicide bomber who rammed a car laden with explosives into one of the buses on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. (ANI)