India unites in mourning for CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama terror attack

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to prepare for a strong response to the terrorist attack that left at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) dead in Kashmir, an attack that intensified tensions between the two. neighbors and India united in grief and anger.

Demonstrating unity of purpose, the president of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, offered the support of his party to the government of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of Modi and the security forces in the measures they took after Thursday’s attack on the road. Jammu-Srinagar by a suicide who traveled in a car bomb. the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) backed by Pakistan.

“If our neighbor, who has been isolated in the world, thinks that by carrying out such attacks, by forging these conspiracies, he would be successful in bringing instability to India, it is a big mistake on his part,” Modi said after a meeting. of the Cabinet Security Committee (CCS). “There will be a firm response to this attack,” Modi said after pointing out India’s fastest train, Vande Bharat Express, on its maiden voyage from New Delhi to Varanasi in a ceremony in which two minutes of silence were observed in honor of the CRPF soldiers.

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On Thursday, a suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a CRPF truck, part of a convoy of 78 vehicles, in the Avantipora area, in the Pulwama district. According to initial reports, it was feared that 44 men had been killed. On Thursday, the CRPF confirmed 40 deaths, making it the deadliest attack in the three decades of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The objective of terrorism is to divide the country, nobody can divide this country and the whole Opposition is united with the security forces and the government,” Gandhi told a news conference in Delhi.

“This is a moment of mourning and sadness. We are fully supporting the Government of India and the forces. There will not be another discussion in Congress during the next few days. ”

Interior Minister Rajnath Singh traveled to Srinagar to assess the security situation at J & K, and national security adviser Ajit Doval met with security forces and agencies to discuss the consequences of the Pulwama attack.