At least forty Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and several others wounded after a car filled with explosives rammed into a military convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir.
In one of the worst attacks to hit India’s armed forces in nearly three years, the car rammed into one of the buses carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Awantipora in the disputed Himalayan region.
CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar told newsmen that there were around 2,500 personnel in the convoy when the attack took place. Videos from the blast site showed smoke billowing from the remains of the CRPF vehicle, while bodies lay strewn across the road.
Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack.